Refugee Awareness Week 2021 - We Cannot Walk Alone
From the 14th to the 21st of June, Goldsmiths STAR and organisations across the UK will be celebrating national Refugee Week. This year’s topic, “We Cannot Walk Alone,” is a call to arms - to reach out to our communities; to work together to create change.
Rana Ibrahim will be delivering an artistic workshop as part of her involvement in the Little Amal project – The Walk
Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000km in support of refugees.
In 2021, the 3.5-metre-tall living artwork of a young Syrian refugee child will walk across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.
‘Little Amal’ is not so little at 3.5m high. Find out more about how she operates from her creators Handspring Puppet Company.
Little Amal will be on the move from July to November 2021; participants can check out where she’ll be on the map on her website and head out to meet her at scheduled events!
Building on this project, Rana will lead participants through a collage workshop to create their own paper puppets. Participants will be asked to think about what they would want to keep them safe and grounded when journeying a long way from home, using craft to equip their puppets with various objects and qualities.
The final creations will then be photographed and shared with Rana, as she builds her Little Amal gallery on her website. Participants will also have access to an Arabic phrase tracing template created by Rana prior to the workshop, so they can practice writing the characters and later include them in their collages.
RAW is for everyone - no matter who you are or where you're from. Some of our events are ticketed for fundraising purposes; however, we believe that those who may be less able to pay, shouldn't be unable to attend. If you are from a refugee, asylum seeking, or low income background and would like a free ticket, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.