A Write to A Sense of Belonging

28TH APRIL 2015

What does it mean to belong? what’s your view?

These ideas about belonging have been emerging from the creative writing workshops:

belonging to nature

having things in common with other people, whatever the differences between you

not belonging or fitting in

choosing to have a nomadic life and moving on as the spirit takes you

WRITE ABOUT YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING OF BELONGING

Write a few words, a few sentences, a poem, a story ….. Please submit your response on the contact form below

 

9TH MARCH 2015

PRESS RELEASE ARTS COUNCIL NORTHERN IRELANDARTAWARDPIC

South-African born poet, educator and community arts facilitator Shelley Tracey has been appointed as Artist in the Community by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The award, which is made annually to one artist living and working in Northern Ireland, will enable Shelley to set up a intercultural arts project which will use language positively to develop good relations between people living here from different cultures and countries.

‘A Write to a Sense of Belonging’ has been developed in response to recent racist attacks and hate crimes. As part of the project Shelley will work with the Community Arts Partnership and members of minority ethnic communities to deliver creative writing workshops.

Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Participatory Arts at the Arts Council, commented: “This award will open up opportunities for people from different cultures and backgrounds to come together to use writing as a means of creative expression.

“Shelley has extensive experience of facilitating creative writing within the community. Last year she received an award through the Arts Council’s Intercultural Arts Programme to explore the theme of migration with community groups. This new project will build upon that important work and we very much look forward to seeing how it develops over the coming weeks and months.”

The creative writing workshops will look at what it means to feel at home and empathy for people from different cultures, countries and communities.   Each workshop will be adapted to meet the needs and interest of the participating group.
Commenting on her award Shelley Tracey said: “I really believe in the power of the arts to foster intercultural understanding and communication, and I am delighted to receive an Artist in the Community Award for this intercultural creative writing project. I have been inspired by the willingness of people from many different countries and cultures in Northern Ireland to collaborate creatively. I hope the outcomes of the project will demonstrate how we can use positive language to build bridges and challenge racism and discrimination.”

About the artist

Shelley Tracey is a published poet, educator and community arts facilitator whose doctoral research focused on participation in creativity (Making Spaces for Teachers to Explore Creativity: An arts-based inquiry, Queen’s University Belfast 2014). Shelley comes from South Africa, and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland for 23 years.

A Write to A Sense of Belonging, an intercultural creative writing project, is a response to recent racist attacks and hate crimes in Northern Ireland. The title of the project, based on the recent Race Relations Strategy consultation, aims to use language positively to develop good relations between people from different cultures and countries living in Northern Ireland. Research shows that collaborative creative activities can support a sense of shared enterprise and commitment to good relations, equality and human rights.

The project offers a two-hour creative writing workshop for groups which include people from different communities and cultures living in Northern Ireland.  The workshops will explore the themes of belonging, what it means to feel at home, and empathy for people from different cultures, countries and communities.   Each will be adapted to the needs and interest of the participating group or groups.

Two events will showcase creative writing by participants in the project: one during Community Relations Week in June, and the other as part of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change event at the end of September.

Participants will be invited to contribute towards an anthology, A Write to a Sense of Belonging. A further outcome for the project will be a set of guidelines for facilitating intercultural creative writing events.

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/news/artist-in-the-community-award-presented-to-south-african-poet

4th March, 2015

This project is based in Northern Ireland and ends in December, 2015.

It is an intercultural creative writing project, a response to recent racist attacks and hate crimes in Northern Ireland. The title of the project, based on the recent Race Relations Strategy consultation, aims to use language positively to develop good relations between people from different cultures and countries living in Northern Ireland. Research shows that collaborative creative activities can support a sense of shared enterprise and commitment to good relations, equality and human rights.

The project offers a two-hour creative writing workshop for groups which include people from different communities and cultures living in Northern Ireland.  The workshops will explore the themes of belonging, what it means to feel at home, and empathy for people from different cultures, countries and communities.

I will share my experiences of facilitating this project, and hope that participants will add their comments to this blog.

Shelley Tracey belongingimage

 

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