15.6. Online launch: Henna Asikainen’s participatory art project between two shores

15.6. Online launch: Henna Asikainen’s participatory art project between two shores

Online Launch event: participatory art project between two shores

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the launch of Henna Asikainen’s participatory art project between two shores. The launch is part of Refugee Week 2021: We Cannot Walk Alone.

The online event features a screening and introductory presentation followed by a discussion with senior specialist Sarah Taylor from Natural England, producer Tom Green from Refugee Week (Counterpoints Arts), lead producer Andrea Carter from D6, and director Vikas Kumar from GemArts .

Watch the trailer here and register your attendance in advance.

between two shores examines the intertwined issues of climate change and its impact on migration and human rights. The project is located in the environment of Holy Island – Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (managed protected area).

between two shores will be made over the course of 2021 with people seeking sanctuary in the North East of England and residents of Lindisfarne. The project aims to raise the voice of those affected by climate change and to address our shared social responsibilities in relation to the global climate emergency and particularly climate change as a driver of migration.

between two shores will include a walk across the ancient tidal causeway to the island – a path that is under threat from sea level rise – and the recording of ‘climigration’ testimonies from those who have lost their home as a result of climate change.

The project is supported by Arts Council England, Kone Foundation, Natural England, Northumberland Coast Area for Natural Beauty Partnership, GemArts, Northumberland County Council, D6 Culture and the Finnish Institute in UK and Ireland.

Finnish artist Henna Asikainen is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Her artwork explores questions surrounding the human relationship with nature. Since 2015 most of her work has been participatory, combining ecological issues with social issues and has centred on engaging with people with lived experience of migration and displacement. These projects have been built around communal and social experiences within rural landscapes and have examined issues including inequalities in access to nature and green spaces, migration, the sense of belonging and human’s complex relationship with nature while advocating the philosophy of friendship and radical hospitality.

Online launch: between two shores, Tuesday 15 June 17.00 – 18.00, online, register here.

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