ATHENS APRIL 2019

In December 2018 Artists in Transit returned too Athens to run 9 days of workshops across 3 squats. We revisited 2nd and 5th school, rotating one day on and one day off , working with the long term volunteers and joining their schedule of educational activities. It is always bittersweet to see familiar faces, the children are happy to see us come back but it leaves us with a heavy heart knowing they haven’t moved on yet.

 

We made contact with a new community called Clandestina, home to almost 100 refugees including 30 children , they welcomed us into their home. Every morning, armed with fruit, juice and craft materials we arrived to children patiently waiting for their art class. We started with jewellery and sewing, and as the days past we worked up to group paintings, plasticine and life-size portraits. On our second to last day here we were joined by the amazing Windup Penguin Theatre company who put on a fabulous show for the children and parents. After their show they had the chance to play with shiny brass trumpets and delicate violins, the children loved them and the hall was filled with giggling, dancing and shouting.


 

We left Athens after running three Christmas parties in one weekend, crowns decorated, polaroids were taken, glitter everywhere and a new place to call home in Athens.

 

Thank you to everybody who supported us and welcomed us. We will be back soon!

Volunteers 

 

Angelique 

 

Collection of Memories: 

Having the responsibility of running the workshop - a tiny room, long rolls of paper, glitter, googly eyes, lots of kids working together and Despacito playing. 

Coming back to 2nd school to find one of the kids had sewn together a wonderful bag from the fabric left from the previous workshop!

Waking up each morning to buy a suitcase full of bananas and cucumbers. 

Thank you to everyone

who donated and supported

Collection of Memories: 

Having the responsibility of running the workshop - a tiny room, long rolls of paper, glitter, googly eyes, lots of kids working together and Despacito playing. 

Coming back to 2nd school to find one of the kids had sewn together a wonderful bag from the fabric left from the previous workshop!

Waking up each morning to buy a suitcase full of bananas and cucumbers. 

Angelique 

 

Laughter, screaming, mess and happiness.
 
Time disappears (for a couple of hours) and we create so many beautiful pieces of work with the children that you forget you are even creating.

Holly

 

Elif

 

I think that the happiness of the kids will stay with me the most; their innocence and joy makes you almost forget what they have been through and the hardships they face. I think that this is something that gave me hope but also reminded me of the importance of the work we were doing. We were trying to retain childlike innocence in a world that has been unfair and inexplicably harsh to them. 

Nurturing, Challenging, Emotional, Positive.

 

I really enjoyed the Green Screen Project because it gave the children a chance to role play and to live in an imagined work of their own and then to see the magic of this being created on screen for all to see.

Amir

 

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