Everybody’s Reading: World of Writing workshop

Saturday 8 October 2016, 1pm-3pm
New Walk Museum
Leicester LE1 7EA

Learn about reading and writing in different cultures in this unique bookmark-making workshop at the New Walk Museum. Create your own bookmark using leather stamping, lino printing or calligraphy.

The event is hosted by After18 as part of Leicester’s 2016 Everybody’s Reading Festival.

Our instructors developed their skills through the After18 arts programme. They will help you put your name or a meaningful word onto a bookmark in one of their own languages, such as Arabic, Bengali, Sinhala or Tigrinya. Dual-language books will be provided for inspiration.

This event is free, so simply drop-in between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 8 October and enjoy!

 

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Self Portraits – images created by young refugees in Leicester

15-19 August 2016,
The Forum at BBC Radio Leicester,
St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 5LB

Self portraits After18 Beate DehnenWe have developed an exhibition of self portraits created by the young people who attend our weekly art group run by local artist Beate Dehnen.

They were given the opportunity to choose how they wanted to represent themselves. The work uses these paintings combined with photography.

The exhibition is on display at BBC Radio Leicester‘s Forum space at 9 St Nicholas Place, LE1 5LB from Monday 15th to Friday 19th August 2016.

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Together – a retrospective display of artwork by young refugees in Leicester

14 June to 07 August 2016,
New Walk Museum,
Leicester LE1 7EA

The Together exhibition is a retrospective of young refugees’ artwork. Over the last three years the young people have been working hard to learn new creative skills at the After18 weekly arts programme in Leicester, run by Charnwood Arts

The exhibition includes examples of photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures. Please show your support by coming to see their work over the summer.

It is on display at Leicester’s New Walk Museum – you can find it near the café on the ground floor – from Tuesday 14 June to Sunday 07 August 2016.

The museum is at 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA and is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

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Shakespeare 400: Interactive Art Workshop

Join us on Saturday 28 May 2016, from 1pm-4pm at the Holy Cross Priory Church (45 Wellington Street, off New Walk, Leicester LE1 6HW) for an interactive art workshop. Led by young artists from After18, and co-hosted by Charnwood Arts and The Mighty Creatives, at this event you will be able to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by helping to create an interactive mural using conductive pens and paint. The drawings will come alive with lights and sound.

Asylum-seeking young people and families are especially welcome. Refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Alison at After18.

Shakespeare 400 interactive art workshop event

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Journeys Festival: Coffee Shop Conversations

24 September 2015, 4pm-5:30pm
Phoenix Cafe, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG

An opportunity to hear about the arts projects that young refugees are involved with in Leicester. View examples of their work and discuss the value of participation in the arts for refugees.

Part of the 2015 Journeys Festival’s Unity Through Creativity programme, this Coffee Shop Conversation is also a chance to share experiences and ideas.

This free event takes place on Thursday 24 September at the Phoenix Arts Centre Cafe, Leicester. It will be chaired by Alison Birch (After18) and is supported by Charnwood Arts. For more information see www.journeysfestival.com.

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Child Refugees seminar

29 September 2015, 7pm-9pm
Quaker Meeting House,
16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP

Photo © Umit Bektas/Reuters

Join us on Tuesday 29 September at the Quaker Meeting House for discussions reflecting Britain’s response to child refugees.

Ruth David, author of Child of Our Time, will talk about her experiences as part of the Kindertransport when Jewish children were sent to Britain from Germany between 1938 and 1940.

Alison Birch from After18 will talk about the charity’s work with refugee children and discuss the current humanitarian crisis.

This event runs between 7pm and 9pm and is organised by Christians Aware and After18.  

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Perspectives exhibition

Perspectives exhibition After186 May to 30 September 2015,
Loughborough Leisure Centre Café,
Browns Lane, Loughborough LE11 3HE

Our new Perspectives exhibition features a selection of prints of artwork created by the asylum-seeking young people who attend After18’s weekly arts programme in Leicester run by Charnwood Arts.   

It is on show at Loughborough Leisure Centre Café, Browns Lane, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3HE from Wednesday 6th May until Wednesday 30th September 2015.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and photos of paper sculptures made during a poetry workshop.

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Children and 
young people’s 
art event

Sat 14 Feb 2015, 2:30-5pm, Secular Hall,
75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WBChildren and
 young people’s
 art event

Join us for a fun afternoon of art activities aimed at children and young people. Including screen printing, clay modelling, a giant marble run and much more!  

Saturday 14 February 2015. 2.30-5pm. Leicester Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB.

Refugee and asylum-seeking families and young people particularly welcome.

Run in collaboration with Charnwood Arts and The Mighty Creatives as part of EMergeDay 2015.

For more information contact After18.

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Film screening: Nowhere Home, 8 Dec 2014

From 6:30pm, Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WBNH-screening-poster

Leicester Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, in partnership with After18, presents a rare opportunity to see the award-winning film Nowhere Home.

Directed by Margreth Olin, Nowhere Home is an intimate and moving film about teenagers who flee their country with their lives at risk and are smuggled into Norway alone without parents or caregivers (previously shown in the UK at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival).

Monday 8 December 2014. From 6:30pm. Leicester Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB.

Programme: 6.30pm Display of recent artwork by young people attending After18, 7:30pm Nowhere Home, running time 90 minutes. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

Free entry but donations are appreciated to contribute towards the costs of the festival. For more information contact After18.

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From Fear to Friendship

Friends Meeting House, Saturday 15 November 2014, 11am-3:30pm

Christians Aware, After18, From Fear to Friendship, Manjula Sood, Ruth David, Friends Meeting HouseChristians Aware and After18 present From Fear to Friendship, with Manjula Sood (Councillor for Leicester City Council, Deputy Mayor and former Lord Mayor of Leicester) and Ruth David (author of Lifelines and A Child of Our Time).

Bring and share lunch.

Exhibitions, cards and books.

Friends Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP

Rsvp Amanda@christiansaware.co.uk

Tel: 0116 254 0770

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Journeys Festival, Leicester (August 2014)

24-25th August, Town Hall Square, Leicester

Respect  ceramic Who Am I exhibition After18

A selection of sculptures from the Who Am I? exhibition will be on display in Leicester’s Town Hall Square during the Journeys Festival.

Returning for its second year, the Journeys Festival offers a mix of extraordinary and inspiring live music, performance, visual art, moving image, discussion and workshops over two days in August.

All of the work presented is by refugee and asylum-seeker artists or directly reflects the refugee experience. For more information about the line-up of arts, culture and music in this year’s event, go to the Journeys Festival website.

The Who Am I? exhibition includes clay sculptures created over a series of sessions during the summer of 2013 by young Afghans who are living in Leicester. The activities were run as a partnership between local artist Beate Dehnen and After18.

More background about the process of creating the artwork can be found on our blog post, Snakes and Sculptures.

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Who Am I? Artwork exhibition (June 2014)

18th to 21st June at Peterborough Central Library

Growing Up Strong ceramic After18

June 2014 sees another opportunity to view our Who Am I? exhibition and the first chance to see new photographic work from our collaboration with Charnwood Arts.

The Who Am I? exhibition includes paintings and clay sculptures created over a series of sessions during the summer of 2013 by young Afghans who are living in Leicester. The activities were run as a partnership between local artist Beate Dehnen and After18.

In early 2014 a group of unaccompanied young people participated in workshops run by Charnwood Arts where they learned a range of photographic and animation techniques.

The exhibition will be shown in Peterborough Central LibraryBroadway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1RX.

Library opening times are as follows:

  • Wednesday 1pm-5pm
  • Thursday 1pm-7pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-4pm

More background about the process of creating the artwork can be found on our blog post, Snakes and Sculptures.

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Who Am I? Artwork exhibition (March 2014)

10th, 11th and 12th March at Leicester College

Growing Up Strong ceramic After18

March 2014 sees another chance to view Who Am I?, our exhibition of artwork created by unaccompanied young people.

Their work includes paintings and clay sculptures created over a series of sessions during the summer of 2013 by young Afghans who are living in Leicester. The activities were run as a partnership between local artist Beate Dehnen and After18.

The exhibition will be shown at three different Leicester College campus venues:

More background about the process of creating the artwork can be found on our blog post, Snakes and Sculptures.

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Leicester Migration Network event

University of Leicester, Thursday 27 February 2014, 7pm

Hamedullah: The Road Home

Hamedullah: The Road Home is being shown by Leicester Migration Network in the University of Leicester’s Ken Edwards building, room KE 526, on 27 February 2014. The film will be accompanied by a presentation from Dr Liza Schuster in a live video link. Liza is currently researching the subject of young people and deportation.

Every year, many lone children come to the UK from war-zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve left behind desperate situations and arrive with few documents or evidence but full of hope and expectations.

This is the story of Hamedullah Hassany. As a young teenager he fled to the UK from Afghanistan but when he turned 18 he was detained and then deported back to Afghanistan. Directed by Sue Clayton and told with haunting video diary images, this film shows what happened next and his struggle to survive.

The event begins at 7pm. It is free and open to the public. There is no need to book, however, places are limited so please arrive early if you wish to attend. The University of Leicester campus map is available here. The film running time is 23 minutes.

Hamedullah: The Road Home was named Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival in 2012.

“A bold, original documentary comparable to Winterbottom’s In This World.”
Amnesty International

“Shines a spotlight on key issues.”
Dazed and Confused

“A very important film.”
Emma Thompson

 

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Hammedullah at Phoenix cinema in December

Phoenix, Leicester, Tuesday 10 December 2013, 5:45pm

Hamedullah: The Road Home

Hamedullah: The Road Home is being shown again at the Phoenix cinema in Leicester on 10 December 2013. The event is part of the Amnesty Leicester Screening Evening.

Every year, many lone children come to the UK from war-zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve left behind desperate situations and arrive with few documents or evidence but full of hope and expectations.

This is the story of Hamedullah Hassany. As a young teenager he fled to the UK from Afghanistan but when he turned 18 he was detained and then deported back to Afghanistan. Directed by Sue Clayton and told with haunting video diary images, this film shows what happened next and his struggle to survive.

This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Alison Birch from After18.

Venue: Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG at 5:45pm. The film running time is 23 minutes.

Tickets are free and can be reserved using this link to the Phoenix website.

Hamedullah: The Road Home was named Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival in 2012.

“A bold, original documentary comparable to Winterbottom’s In This World.”
Amnesty International

“Shines a spotlight on key issues.”
Dazed and Confused

“A very important film.”
Emma Thompson

 

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Who Am I? Artwork exhibition (Oct-Dec)

Tuesday 8 October to Thursday 19 December 2013

Growing Up Strong ceramic After18

At the Fosse Neighbourhood Centre, Mantle Road, Leicester LE3 5HG

This is another chance to see Who Am I?, an exhibition of artwork created by unaccompanied young people, and now extended until 19 December 2013.

Their work includes paintings and clay sculptures created over a series of sessions during the summer of 2013 by young Afghans who are living in Leicester. The activities were run as a partnership between local artist Beate Dehnen and After18.

More background about the process of creating the artwork can be found on our blog post, Snakes and Sculptures.

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Hamedullah: The Road Home

Phoenix Cinema, Saturday 9 November 2013, 4pm

Hamedullah: The Road HomeHamedullah: The Road Home will be shown as part of the Docfilm Festival Leicester.

Every year, many lone children come to the UK from war-zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve left behind desperate situations and arrive with few documents or evidence but full of hope and expectations.

This is the story of Hamedullah Hassany. As a young teenager he fled to the UK from Afghanistan but when he turned 18 he was detained and then deported back to Afghanistan. Told with haunting video diary images, this film shows what happened next and his struggle to survive.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film-maker Sue Clayton and Alison Birch from After18.

Venue: Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG at 4-5pm

Tickets are free but limited in number. Reserve yours by emailing editor @ citizenseye.org
Hamedullah: The Road Home was named Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival in 2012.

“A bold, original documentary comparable to Winterbottom’s In This World.”
Amnesty International

“Shines a spotlight on key issues.”
Dazed and Confused

“A very important film.”
Emma Thompson

 

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Who Am I? Artwork exhibition

Saturday 14 to Thursday 19 September 2013

Growing Up Strong ceramic After18

At the Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP

Who Am I? is an exhibition of artwork created by unaccompanied young people.

Their work includes paintings and clay sculptures created over a series of sessions during the summer of 2013 by young Afghans who are living in Leicester. The activities were run as a partnership between local artist Beate Dehnen and After18.

More background about the process of creating the artwork can be found on our blog post, Snakes and Sculptures.

Click here for a map

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Going Back?

Saturday 14 September

Going Back? A conference on forced and voluntary returns from the UK

refugee-conference11am – 4pm (bring-and-share lunch) at Quaker Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP

Participants include:

Organised by Christians Aware and After18. Free to attend, all are welcome. The event also includes exhibitions and books and cards for sale.

Click here for a map.

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