2016 After18 Christmas card design – Freedom

After18 Christmas card 2016 Freedom

Freedom: After18’s Christmas card design for 2016

Our 2016 Christmas card is now ready. As always, our card is inspired by the young people’s perspective of the world.

This we saw an increase in the numbers of Kurdish young people attending our activities and it was this group which inspired this year’s card.

During the year we had a weekly art session provided by Charnwood Arts, as well as occasional visits to explore the exhibitions at the Attenborough Arts Centre.

This gave the young people an opportunity to try different art techniques and be creative in a safe space.

The card is inspired by the spontaneous drawings the young people made. Incorporating recurring themes of mountains (for their homeland), tents in the Jungle refugee camp (from their experience of Calais) and caged birds hoping for freedom.

Cards cost £3.85 (plus p&p if outside Leicester) for a pack of six. Please contact us by email via our contact page and we will send you details of how to buy them.

After18 refugee drawing

A young person’s drawing of a caged bird that wishes to fly free

Refugee's drawings evoke their homeland as well as the Calais 'Jungle'

Refugee’s drawings evoke their homeland as well as the Calais Jungle camp

After18 art

Young people at one of our regular art sessions

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!

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Pride and Romance – painting life-sized figures in our art sessions

3figures combinedTwo weeks into our block of art sessions and the young people have settled into a routine, word of mouth has spread and numbers have swelled. We have moved on from clay sculpture to creating three life-sized figures, painted to represent themselves as they would like to be in the future, “if dreams came true”. The face would later be removed so they can stand behind it and add their own face through the hole.

Two of the young people who had not really engaged in the clay work (preferring to watch or spend the time texting) really took to this idea, although in very contrasting styles.

After18 life-sized figure paintingOne young person who seemingly had never held a paintbrush before, was content to slap as much paint on as quickly as and nonchalantly as possible. At the end, however, after a bit of help with the background he was visibly impressed by what he had achieved with his footballer portrait. He painted his name with flourish across the top.

The other young person has spent many hours carefully and intricately painting a “James Bond” style figure in a suit with fine brushes. He decided to set this very western looking gentleman against the backdrop of  his home in the Afghan mountains.

After18 art workshopBoth young people were keen to know where the work would be displayed and were at pains to say that it had to go somewhere a lot of people would see it but that it should be carefully supervised so it wouldn’t get damaged.

The third figure, a man in an Afghan party outfit was a group effort with people taking turns to paint while a group sat around, tea in hand, shouting out instructions and generally enjoying commenting on each other’s efforts. It was decided that this figure was to be placed on a beach, maybe suggesting opportunities for relaxation and fun outside of Afghanistan.

After18 art workshopWhen they weren’t involved in creating the life-sized painting, crayons and pencils were made available to them. The result was a collection of drawings of Afghan flags (minus the “tricky bit in the middle”) plus romantic pictures of flowers, apples and lost loves – although surprisingly for a group of young Afghans there were no poems this time.

As the sessions continue, in a few weeks we will soon be thinking about preparing the young people to adjust to them no longer being part of their routine – fielding questions of “why are we stopping?” – and preparing to exhibit the work.

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.

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.

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Snakes and Sculptures – our summer art activities for young people

After18 summer 2013 art activityWhen our young people were recently interviewed for some research on their adjustment to life in the UK, one of the things they mentioned was the difference in clothing between the UK and Afghanistan. From the bewilderment of seeing women in the street with their heads uncovered for the first time to discovering what styles of western clothes they like, there is a lot to learn.

With that in mind we decided to make their relationship with clothes the focus of After18’s summer 2013 ‘drop in’ style art activities.

Our first challenge was to assemble the young people in an unfamiliar room to try something new. Despite having enjoyed previous artwork sessions and having expressed interest in coming, something new and outside the scope of their usual routine is something they approach casually.

After18 summer 2013 art activityAfter some persuasion, young people ‘chillin’ in the vicinity were enticed in by the promise of Afghan green tea and biscuits.

Despite an initial chorus of “I can’t do that,” the Afghan green tea was mostly left to go cold as they became engrossed  in modelling clay figures of themselves.

Usually our contact with the young people is prompted by some crisis (letters not understood or money not received) and consists of a flurry of explanations, phone calls and problem solving. So for the After18 staff this was also a quality experience, to be able to sit and chat to the young people about themselves as we modelled side by side. We learned many things.

After18 summer 2013 art activity For example we were thrilled to discover that one of the young men used to train snakes “to go up and down” for a snake charmer. We received instructions from the group on what to do in the event of being chased by a snake on a mountain and had to field questions about the level of danger posed  by snakes in the UK.

After18 summer 2013 art activity

“In England I am small person”

The most striking aspect of the finished models though was their size. While some models showed strength and hope for the future, several models depicted the young person feeling small.

The sculptures or images of the sculptures will be on display periodically around Leicester, keep an eye on our Events page and Twitter feed for details.