Adults

This Way Up: Drawing Sessions for Male Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants with Ben Sadler

  • Artist(s):
    Ben Sadler
  • Artform(s):
    Drawing
  • Venue(s):
    Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Summary:
Working in partnership with the Refugee and Migrant Centre (Wolverhampton and the Black Country), Creative Health developed a This Way Up project specifically for male clients who RMC felt would benefit from participating in a regular creative activity.

Project Information

Working in partnership with the Refugee and Migrant Centre (Wolverhampton and the Black Country), Creative Health developed a This Way Up project specifically for male clients who RMC felt would benefit from participating in a regular creative activity.

Working with artist Ben Sadler, drawing was used as a basis for all the sessions and each week, participants were introduced to new techniques and materials. The sessions covered basic approaches to getting started before progressing on to explore self-portraiture, landscape, collage, print, abstraction, composition and perspective, using pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, ink, brushes and found materials to make artworks.

Each week a pop up library of art publications (including magazines, artist monographs, graphic novels, drawing guides, photography and poetry books) was available for participants to use during the sessions, and to borrow. The artist’s own work and the gallery itself provided a continual source of inspiration and enabled participants to access a whole range of new concepts and ideas around individual artistic expression.

Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping is the exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery that will provide a platform for showcasing the achievements of most of the participants involved in This Way Up, and for sharing their stories, experiences and reflections on home. Exhibiting artworks is an opportunity to connect with others, to share ideas and give something back to the wider community.

All the time I feel anxious and worried, but for these two hours I can relax
and think of other things.

When I come here I forget myself because we exist in another world.

This session has sparked my imagination.

Click here to see the This Way Up film.

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