Bold Vision twinning project update: Peace ROCKS

Peace ROCKS 1We have had two streams of working with young people in the refugee camp. Patricio has been running workshops with kids to transform a very common object in this bleak environment (rocks) into precious stones, things of beauty. An early breakthrough came with the thought of combining two undesirable aspects – fences and rocks – into a new way to view them.

Then, after a dash to the paint shop in the nearest town, the workshop got going. Originally intended to be for children, the staff couldn’t resist getting involved to. From the security guards to the boss man, everybody was keen to have a go and create their own precious stone.

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Peace ROCKS 4By the end of the day the fence was transformed into a glittering, vertical Aladdin’s cave. When we left for the night people were approaching the fence with a look of wonder. Beauty is hard to come by in this environment and the combination of colour and sparkle made each stone an individual work of art.

No great surprise then that by morning all of the stones had disappeared, been untied and taken away to be part of individual refugees’ temporary homes.

At first it was a shock, but we quickly came to realise that this degree of engagement, of hunger for beautiful objects was a strong endorsement of the idea. More paint was procured and more workshops organised.

The bigger plan is that next Tuesday – when it is Eid, normally a time of great festivities in Muslim communities but with little to look forward to for residents here – Patricio will run a giant rock dipping event. Our crazy ambitious target is that every child (over 4000 of them) gets the chance to make a rock. They will then be displayed on the tall, barbed wire topped fence around the school.

Contribute here and be part of peace rocks
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Twinning project costs

The refugee camp pilot has been done on as little money as possible – particularly given the fact that it has all had to be fundraised. Before we left it was looking like we weren’t going to make it. Then at the last minute CARE changed from asking us to pay them for their help, to offering to help instead. This was the crucial gap cover that we needed.

And because it is a pilot, it’s important that we make use of the work that has been done to build a case for future projects. So evaluation and documentation are crucial parts of the process.

Here are all the costs and income for the project.

Refugee camp project  (£)
Item Quantity Unit Cost Total
PROJECT CREATION COSTS
Materials (paint etc) 1 1144 1144
T-shirts for volunteers in camp 20 10 200
Hard drive for film footage 1 70 70
Evaluation forms and app development 1 100 100
Volunteer researchers and painters (1 JD/hour) 200 1 200
Case development for next funding 1 200 200
TRANSPORT AND LIVING COSTS
Flights from UK 2 704 1408
Transport to LHR 4 11.7 47
Local subsistence per diems 6 20 120
Local travel to and from camp 480
Visas 2 40 80
Accommodation 1092 1092
PERSONNEL COSTS
Research/facilitator fee (days) 7 150 900
Artist/facilitator fee (days) 14 150 1950
UK Cameraman and edit fee 3 150 450
Camp Cameraman 2 50 100
Total COSTS 8541
5% contingency 427
Pilot Total Budget     8968
Income
Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign 3142
Fundraising event 1 250
Fundraising event 2 922
CARE in kind (paint, hotel, transport, camp cameraman, volunteers) 2632
Avios donation 504
Researcher in kind 900
UK Cameraman in kind 150
Artist in kind 450
Total Income     8950
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Fantastic music at Syrian Refugee Camp Fundraiser Jun 28

Do join us if you can. Tickets £7 on the door. You can buy them in advance as a perk here – select Fundraiser

We will also have a brilliant prize draw on the night… as well as a bar, puddings, music and dance performances plus a chance to hear more about the project.

Prizes for the draw include 2 tickets to see The Audience starring Kirsten Scott Thomas as the Queen and our very own Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs T. To make this even more exciting you will get a back stage tour and a glass of champagne with some members of the cast.

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Big Lunch Big Success Jun 7

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Highlights in Summary:

  • 550 people came along to Sunday’s Big Lunch
  • Everyone who wanted free food had it –  something like 200 burgers/sausages donated by the Hill Station
  • We had 22 stalls and all of the traders loved having the opportunity to sell and promote their wares
  • We had 13 different bands/solo performers from Beat Boxing to Gospel to Joy Choir to Rasta and SKA band2015-06-07 14.04.23
  • We raised £475 for Nepal and Syrian refugee projects
  • Lots of new people came up at the end and said they had really felt welcomed and appreciated the opportunity to be part of the community vibe.
  • Good that we had new links with House of Bread church and the New Life church which meets at Askes
  • The kids activities which Kate and Catherine did were great
  • The Zumba dancing went down so well.
  • Although takings at the café were down on the day (with so much free food outside) we were able to offset that with a good bar on the day so that’s good.2015-06-07 16.36.33
  • We had lots of volunteers (including 4 Askes boys) who stayed till the end to help clear up- THANKS!
  • Lots of photos and nice comments on Facebook

FOLLOW UP OPPORTUNITIES

  • If you heard the Syrian refugee appeal and want to donate here’s the link
  • If you are interested in getting involved with Bold Vision – we want young people, old people, ideas people, admin people. We are a friendly bunch and hate boring meetings so try to have good discussions. We meet once a month in the evening. Contact Catherine (cmshovlin@gmail.com) or John (jknepler2@gmail.com) if you want to chat about it

Twinning project launched May 16

Transforming Public Space TOGETHER on a Syrian Refugee Camp from Artmongers on Vimeo.

DONATE HERE. Every little helps.

We had a fantastic evening of musical splendour and a chance to talk about the new Bold Vision / Artmongers Twinning Project. Many thanks to our brilliant musicians

Telegraph Hill Twinning Project with Syrian Refugee Camp. May 16

Our NEW Crowd Funding Campaign is LIVE, We will only make it happen with your help. Donate here. Come along to the Hill Station on Sat May 16at 7.30pm till late for some brilliant music including

and hear all about it. An easy way to make a positive difference to a hard problem.

Thanks Bold Vision for supporting it. Help people on a Syrian Refugee Camp to take ownership of their public spaces and transform them through Participatory Artwork.

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Denise Mangiardi  Jean Bernard Marie