Bethie Helliwell Portfolio

Safety Blanket


Young Plymouth Arts Centre’s “Safety Blanket”

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(Exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre)
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YPAC created a collaborative patchwork with many Plymouth based communities, groups and schools.
YPAC worked with each participant, inspiring them to make their patch and add to this inspiring community art work.

The very first patches were created at the Young People Seeking Safety Day of Mini Conferences.
Young People Seeking Safety Mini Conference Day was organised and run by David Woodbridge-Johns.
The day entailed different speakers talking about the rights of asylum seekers in the UK, local associated groups giving support and information. YPAC offered everyone the opportunity to be a part our our Blanket Banner Project. We had a busy and exciting day, with lots of people getting involved and making patches.

 (Young People Seeking Safety Day of Mini Conferences Event)
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YPAC asked each participant to create a fabric/textile patch which represents

‘what makes us feel safe?’

And that is the question we have kept asking since then…

YPAC made patches with START’s Soft Creations group (for female refugees) at The Sherwell Centre,
Plymouth Hope Football Fesitival, Take A Part in Efford and have paired up with Plymouth Libraries for this years Refugee Week.

(Patch by Bethie Helliwell “What makes me feel safe?”)
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This entry was published on April 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm and is filed under CV, Exhibitions, Plymouth, YPAC. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Safety Blanket

  1. Nikita Mcbride on said:

    It’s beautiful x

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