The Poppy Collective invites you to attend an engaging, interactive art installation and exhibition to inspire thoughtful conversations and silent reflections in response to the aftermath of the referendum and to think of home as refuge. Playing with symbols that run deep in our minds, with reference to popular culture, to weather the storm that brings with it the dawn of a new day. Recognising every voice matters, bringing generations together and building strength in community.
The Poppy Collective is a group of art psychotherapists, artists and friends aiming to create engaging artistic spaces in the (he)art, mind and community. It is founded by Sophia Cowx who is an artist and a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist, resident in Dorking, UK.
Participation will be suitable for all ages. Children are free but do please register their attendence for planning purposes.
Please note: Whilst this event is in response to the political climate, we ask that political agendas be left at the door. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available for a small donation. Feel free to bring a bottle of your own, even a picnic if the weather allows. Some artworks will be for sale.
PROCEEDS TOWARDS ART REFUGE UK - Registered Charity 1114353 - http://www.artrefugeuk.org
Art Refuge UK comprises a group of Art Psychotherapists currently working with refugees in Calais and Dunkirk alongside MSF and MdM; helping to deal with the trauma of war, the aftermath of harrowing journeys and nurture resilience for what is to come.
THE POPPY COLLECTIVE can be seen as an umbrella-space to weather the political storm we find ourselves living within - with the view that rainbows will appear and reappear, and that a rainbow as symbol of 'hope' and 'beauty' is a call to action over escapism. It welcomes artists, art psychotherapists and friends in the community who want to participate in responding to the current political climate whilst raising money for art therapists helping refugees. The Poppy Collective is motivated by love over hate and racism. It seeks to create artistic spaces or art works that invite interpersonal dialogues about what our words and actions communicate: both the intended or unintended effect of these in our community, in order to build bridges instead of cement walls. As such we are reminded that everyone can be responsible for contributing to the tone which will prevail in the current climate, which will bring with it the dawn of a new day. Therein lies the power within each and every one of us.