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21 October - 17 November
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Escape to Safelandia: Creative Engagements With Migration

A distressed man and woman holding a baby together with several other people in a deflated and sinking boat in the English Channel.

What’s on offer?

This free creative, hands-on workshop will allow the participants to explore the themes of migration and forced displacement through drawing, cartoon and zine making, with the award-winning cartoonist Kate Evans, author of Threads: from the refugee crisis, and Escape to Safelandia, a comic book about the UK asylum system. Members of Aston Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement will discuss current issues in migration, and the power of art and journalism in telling stories of the displaced.

What’s it about?

The workshop will encourage participants to think about ideas of home and migration through the medium of cartooning and zine-making. Participants will be guided through the making of their own mini-comic, creating a storyline, characters and folding their comic. All materials will be provided. Booking is essential.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Senior Lecturer, School Of Social Sciences And Humanities, Aston University

Dr Amanda Beattie, Senior Lecturer, School Of Social Sciences And Humanities, Aston University

Luke Marlow, PhD student, School Of Social Sciences And Humanities, Aston University

Open to

Suitable for ages 8 and up; families are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Of particular interest to

Schools, school pupils and secondary school students, university students, families.