fly your flag

‘Fly your Flag’ by Kazzum Arts – presented in the Glass Atrium in the Maltings’ entrance at thread. 

Kazzum Arts are proud to present ‘Fly your Flag’ – an exhibition of flags created by young asylum seekers and refugees living across London.

In a series of creative workshops throughout 2018, over 150 young migrants worked with Kazzum Arts’ team of artists and facilitators to create this series of 8 designs, alongside volunteers and professionals from 5 of London’s leading refugee organisations.

Young people were encouraged to explore collaborative art making processes including drawing, painting, movement, photography and printmaking.  Together we explored our self-expression through games and discussion, developing friendships and English language skills whilst exploring relationships between colour, shape, emotions, values and identity.

The flags proudly show the spirit and determination of young migrants to unite in hope and friendship, embodying the strength to change negative perceptions and work towards a future characterised by fun, peace and a shared vision of love.

This project has been created by the pioneering charity Kazzum Arts.  Based in East London, they use the arts to increase the wellbeing and expression of children and young people at times in their lives when they are most isolated, vulnerable or at risk.  Kazzum’s ‘Pathways’ programme has supported young refugees for over 15 years to develop self-expression and wellbeing through a series of collaborative artistic projects, advocacy workshops, work experience, communication courses and partnership working.

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Kazzum would like to thank all the participating young people from, Caras, Young Roots, The Refugee Council, Shpresa and Brighter Futures for their ideas and creativity, as well as the many support staff, artists and volunteers who guided young people in their creations.

Image credit: Kazzum Arts/ Becky Bailey