Refugee Week 2018: The New Art Studio exhibition launch

Monday 18 June 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Monday 18 June 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ   Get directions

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The New Art Studio is a unique therapeutic art studio for asylum seekers and refugees. They provide a safe space to some of the most dispossessed members of our society.

The studio not only offers a place of solace, friendship and camaraderie, it is a place where all emotion is accepted and held through the power of collective art-making. Members of the studio have lost so much, they have fled their homes in terror and now face the punishing process of claiming asylum.  This can take up to ten years, in which they are not allowed to work – existing in limbo.

The New Art Studio works to give relief from the effects of profound trauma.  Violence shatters one’s sense of self, and one’s trust in others.  With this in mind, the creative urge and need for expression becomes ever more pressing.  The process of making art can be life affirming, and allows for new meaning and identities to emerge.  Making art can be a profound way of connecting with one’s experiences, and make visible and tangible what can be difficult to put into words.

The New Art Studio will be exhibiting some of their artwork at Garden Court Chambers. To launch the exhibition, please join us for drinks, canapés and to hear more about their work.

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