The first Paper People Project - Hung Out To Dry - was created in March 2016. It was made with the help of refugees living in the Calais Jungle. The paper cut outs that were hung out to dry represented the 291 unaccompanied children made homeless when the South side of the Jungle was demolished. From those 291 children, 129 went missing.
Gladys Harvey is now recreating the project but this time using real people to draw around. Why? October 2016 marks another turning point in the fate of the lives of people who have had to make the Calais Jungle their home. The Jungle is about to be completely demolished by the French authorities. 10,000 people inhabit the Jungle and at least 1,000 of them are unaccompanied refugee children.Gladys is convinced bulldozing and clearing the Jungle will not stop people fleeing their homelands as innocent people will continue to weather a global shit storm that has manifested in the refugee crisis.
The Paper People Project - Hung Out To Dry 2 - gives us an opportunity to talk positively about refugees whilst making an individual contribution to a joint art project. The project is happening within schools in the UK and with refugees in Calais and in the UK. The Paper People Project is a way to show your support for innocent people who are suffering immense hardships. Being Hung out to Dry 2 is a way to be seen, to be heard and to be counted.
If you want to be part of something wonderful now and in the future - all you have to do is draw around yourself on brown paper, decorate it in some way that's not too heavy, leave it to dry and then cut it out. However you wish to make your paper person is up to you.
ENTIRE SCHOOLS CAN GET INVOLVED !!
The important thing is to give the children enough information about the refugee crisis in the most sensitive way possible so they understand why the artwork is being made - we are making an artwork to show the world that we care about what happens to refugees and unaccompanied refugee children.
Don't forget to snail mail your finished work to - Gladys, The West End Centre 48 Queens Rd, Aldershot GU11 3JD.
P.S. Arms up or you’ll be hung upside down. xx
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