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Flock Project
18th December 2019

Flock Project is an installation of over 200 ceramic birds. It was initiated by artist Julie Nelson as an interpretation of Brighton’s starling murmurations which occur in Winter evenings close to where Julie lives and works.

The project has developed the migration theme into a series of clay bird making workshops for members of the Grounding Project, which provides support for people who have overcome adversity on their journey to the UK. Workshops also took place at the V&A as part of Counterpoints Arts programme for Refugee Week 2019.

One participant commented:

“For me it has been like therapy. Torture makes you silent, but making birds helps me to renounce my silence. Making bird’s together means we are united. We speak different languages, are form different cultures and different nations – but here we are one. We are in the same boat together. I love to learn new things like bird-craft and I love birds because they can fly free. As a torture survivor, we can do what we want because of this project.”

The birds were exhibited together in September.

UCL is studying the project to assess wellbeing in participants and it is hoped to form connections with the wider arts and refugee networks.

Flock Project at the Arthouse Project Space