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Located at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

This project was the design and build of a temporary print studio with artists Afshin Dehkordi and Saeed Taji Farouky. Located on the 2nd Floor of the Southbank Centre  between June 21st – 25th 2017.

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We collaborated with a group of young refugees and asylum seekers. Together they have been learning mono-type printmaking. During each session, a young person passes on their newly acquired printmaking skills to a member of the public.

The conditions that give rise to the psychiatric definition of trauma are loss, threat and loss of social meaning. This project explores how social meaning can be fostered through the principles of gift-giving.

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This installation is a refuge, a sanctuary, a safe space, as well as a printmaking studio to research, collect and explore ideas. A place to share a creative process where the artists take a step back and the installation is activated by the public and the young people. The project continues with a conference on art, psychiatry and forced displacement and a publication in 2017.


The artists would like to thank Southbank Centre, Wellcome Trust and Amiel and Melburn Trust for their kind support, psychiatrists Dr Matthew Hodges, Dr Kamran Saeedi, Carl Fraser and the young people from Amazing People of the World, based in Croydon.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the design and construction!

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Refugee week at Southbank centre is celebrated in partnership with counterpoint artsArts and research supported by wellcome trust

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