Team, which enabled access to human rights at the refugee camp in France. Her organisation has connections to various individuals who have come to this country. I met up with them and carefully discussed how they might want to contribute to the project. It was very much led by them. I started meeting up with a group of Syrian women in my home town and continue to meet them weekly. I’ve become very close to them. I did some training with a refugee support group, Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group, since I was very aware that I needed to understand safeguarding and delicate, sensitive issues of trauma and culture.
There is no blueprint for how people have been participating. I’ve had to recognise we’ve got to treat each contribution very differently and to be open and led by each participant. One contributor is Saamiullah Khan, an unaccompanied minor from Kandahar, Afghanistan, who was in the Dunkirk camp and eventually came to the UK thanks to the Dunkirk Legal Support Team and others. He had to leave Afghanistan because of the Taliban. His mother and sisters are still there. His father died in the UK. Saami is an extraordinary young man. He is truly gifted, and has a great sense of responsibility for his family, whom he is missing terribly. We did various activities together. He wanted to design a piece of work and asked his family in Kandahar to stitch it into a beautiful cloth with the Afghan map at the centre. With Tamsin he wrote about
I’m just an artist. I can’t resolve these issues, but I can show that I care
Resurgence & Ecologist
SEA – Thread Bearing Witness (detail) by Alice Kettle. Cotton, rayon and metallic on printed canvas (3m x 8m, 2017)
Courtesy the artist and Candida Stevens Gallery. Photograph: Joe Low