Counterpoints Arts
Yellow Arrow
Log in  |  Join


03 November 2021  -  03 November 2021

InFlight – online presentation

in flight

Members of the Parent Group at Together with Migrant Children present work from a collaboration with artist Varvara Shavrova.

Live via Zoom, 11am. Free registration via Eventbrite

The Parent Group at Together with Migrant Children has been collaborating with visual artist Varvara Shavrova on project ‘InFlight’, exploring personal stories and experiences of safety, home, journeys and family.

Over the course of 8 weekly workshops women have shared their needlework experience, exchanged ideas and inspiration and acquired new skills in a vibrant, culturally relevant online space.

The combination of personal reflection and co-production reflects principles of community development and dialogic identity that are central to the ethos of the group and the organisation.

In this event the group will present their work and Varvara Shavrova will discuss her approach to the project.

“ I enjoyed the concept and method of each phase of the In Flight workshop. It was relaxing and helped my mental wellbeing through creativity. For me it was a discovery of knowledge and skills which I wish to develop more. We are an all women group who support each other as women and mothers through positivity, hope, love and understanding” (Bola)

Founded in 2016 Together with Migrant Children provides support to migrant and refugee children, young people and families across the UK. We aim to empower and support individuals, families and communities through advocacy, specialist assessment, family & social work, solidarity groupwork and projects. Central to our work is rights-based and democratic practice. We will advocate with children and their families who have been oppressed, denied and harmed as a result of their immigration status. Our work will be informed by children`s rights according to UNCRC. Our focus on the co-construction of practice and social pedagogy relies on putting relationships at the heart of everything we do, removing power barriers and encouraging those we are working with to shape the way we work.

Sarah Firth is a registered social worker and child and family practitioner at Together with Migrant Children. Sarah is most interested in radical and transformative social work and community development theory with a focus on anti-oppressive practice and structural/state harm. Established in April 2020, groupwork at Together with Migrant Children is rooted in values of co-construction and co-production within a safe space which acknowledges issues associated with the `digital divide’ and accessibility. Peer led content planning has produced weekly discussion sessions and workshops with a focus on migrant and refugee rights, through activism and campaigning.

Varvara Shavrova is a visual artist, curator and educator from a migrant background in the former USSR, whose work explores the themes of borders, flight, migration, nationhood and personal histories. Shavrova partnered with Counterpoint Arts and Platforma Festival, to lead a series of textile-focused online workshops begun in March 2021, supported by the National Lottery Arts Council England Project Development grant.

Presented in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts for Platforma 6