The story so far

I PACKED THIS MYSELF started as a project working with migrant workers and local communities in Cornwall. We found instances of exploitation, discrimination and outright racism and tried to find ways of bringing people together to increase understanding. We've run workshops across Cornwall in schools and with other groups. We're now taking this work forward by looking at unemployment in rural communities.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Church centre stage - and meetings in London

Looking at photos of Tom Pilston's photoshoot in Cornwall for I Packed This Myself - see a church tower in the centre of the landscape, in the far distance. Just as in Stubb's landscape. But in our picture the church is a mere landmark, not a vibrant part of the community. Or is that just received thinking about our post-religious, secular society? In fact, this is Breage church, and Breage church and its extraordinary vicar Penny Stephens played a very important role in uncovering some of the exploitation of workers at a farm near Breage, a few years ago.
But ... back to London and meetings.
Meet artist Patrick Coleman and discuss including his extraordinary relic box - or reliquary (his father's tool box, crammed with artefacts from the past half century, showing his Irish family's efforts to settle in England. It bears very poignant witness to his relationship with his father.)
Then (after egg and cress sandwiches to keep going) another meeting, this time with a sensationally bright MA student on taking this and other project forwards. And finally a discussion with Kemal Ahson, Bridging Arts non-executive director, on ways of mapping - charting the experience of migration and creating new work to reflect this.