KS3 have been involved in the Happy, Safe and Free project. This is a yearlong, city-wide art project, exploring empathy and understanding for refugees through creativity. It has been designed for Manchester’s Year of the Child and Young People 2022 by Emma Martin (Creative Director Stanley Grove), assisted by Judy Donnelly.
Since the beginning of 2022 over 10,000 school students across our city have been making artworks expressing
what makes them ‘happy’, ‘safe’ and ‘free’. They then destroyed their artworks, shedding each piece to illustrate the loss of the basic human needs of happiness, safety, and freedom. The shredded artworks were on display as ‘seas’ with origami boats floating on top to symbolise the dangerous journeys migrants and refugees are forced to make to find a place of sanctuary. Recently, the young-artists work has been recycled to create papier-mâché bowls exploring the vast contribution migrants have made to our city.
There is an exhibition at Whitworth Gallery next week where the bowls will be on sale and all money raised will go to refugee charities.
Watch the video above to find out more and to make your own bowl to support children from across the world.
MHS students are proud to be involved and have made their own bowls.