InterMEDS is an Erasmus+ funded project that sees Peshkar working with a team of organisations from Portgual, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and North Macedonia to interrogate, research and share learning around the subject of migration.
InterMEDS explores narratives around migration in Europe, interrogating the ways in which young people and adults interact with migration stories, how these stories impact community cohesion across Europe and how youth and community workers can help to communicate positive messages that improve relations between groups.
Partners on the InterMEDS project will produce a series of outputs including a youth work toolkit and policy documents which will be shared at a final conference in the UK (or online dependent upon the current situation).
Peshkar has commissioned three exciting artists to work alongside this project, responding to the themes that emerge from the research and drawing upon the experiences of migrant communities in their own local areas to create brand new pieces of artwork.
Introducing… the InterMEDS Artists
Ciara is a freelance journalist and photographer. Her background is in newspapers but her practice also includes documentary work, lecturing and running workshops. She has a track record of working with groups perceived as hard to reach – including Roma migrants, indigenous Gypsies and Travellers and asylum seekers. Previous writing clients have included The Guardian, Big Issue North (where she regularly stood in as editor), Save the Children, Action Aid, British Red Cross, BBC, Gay Times, Manchester Evening News, Inside Housing, Al Jazeera, Council of Europe, Roma Education Fund, Salford Council, University of Salford.
Her work on the InterMEDS project will build on previous work undertaken with Roma communities, using words, photography and video to explore stories of migration.
Sam is an artist and project manager working across digital and arts projects in the North West of England. His most recent artist residency was with In-Situ at Brierfield Railway Station, the results of which are being exhibited at Brierfield Library in Lancashire. He is also soon to have digital art work exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester. Sam is interested in exploring the potential of the technology that we carry in our pockets everyday and will be using photogrammetry to work with imagery generated from phone cameras. Sam first came into contact with Peshkar on our 2015 ‘Matchbox’ project so it is great to have him working with us on InterMEDS.
Toubie is a South African born artist currently residing in Manchester. A project at Design School was what inspired her to take up mural painting. She enjoyed the challenge of producing a life-sized painting on a wall. After a successful career as a mural artist she became interested in teaching art to children and the wider community. She started up her own children’s art club in 2013 and still continues to teach children art at her after school art club. She actively involves herself with community art projects and is always looking for her next creative opportunity. Toubie enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping people to be more creative. Toubie’s project will involve creating a piece of animation over the course of a range of workshops with different client groups.