RISE UP COMMUNITY
The project “Rise Up Community” was supported by Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership and involved a series of art and textile workshops for families all across Pendle from a range of cultural and social backgrounds. We worked closely with Syrian refugees and asylum seekers from different parts of the world, alongside Asian British and White British to promote integration and to share stories and experiences.
The workshops were provided a ‘hands on’ approach with a strong emphasis on community cohesion. Our inspiration was the heritage and beautiful landscapes of Pendle Hill and the surrounding area. Artist Zaneb Khatun from COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK used Pendle hill to create themes for the art workshops. The participants had the opportunity to express themselves and communicate their thoughts and ideas through art and textiles. The group learnt about their local area and developed a range of new skills throughout these workshops.
The workshop sessions included textiles and art practices, including weaving, block printing, screen printing, dying techniques, felting and fabric manipulation, batik stitch, patchwork, and various painting and drawing techniques. Many field trips to Pendle Hill were organised for the group, allowing the Syrian refugees and asylum seekers, who are new to the area, to learn about the heritage of where they now reside.
Using art as a tool to engage members of our diverse neighbourhoods builds a stronger community and allows people to learn about other cultures and lifestyles, breaking down barriers and creating a unique space for conversation where knowledge of each others' neighbour becomes stronger.