Throughout June 2012, Fusion Arts joined with Cowley Road Works to run a community arts project, ‘Flags, Ribbons Of Unity’ across East Oxford in tribute to the spectacular national and global celebrations taking place over the summer. Community and voluntary groups, schools, local people and families from East Oxford were invited to join together, and create colourful flags, banners and bunting to celebrate the diversity of the East Oxford community, the vast diversity of nationalities from both the Commonwealth and those participating in the Olympics.
60 flags, 100s of bunting triangles and 3 large banners were created during the project. The decorations were first displayed to greet the Olympic Torch Relay when it passed through Oxford on July 9th and has since become a community resource to be used for future events like Mela, Carnival and other festivals and celebrations in the area.
Artists worked with participants to create their own Batik design and print using simple cold wax dying techniques and to paint their national colours or emblems to represent their identity and heritage. The flags were then linked together in a colourful display to celebrate the diversity and unity of our community.
The first arts workshops began over the Diamond Jubilee weekend with drop in flag making sessions at SS Mary & John Church, the Magdalen Road Street Party and the Lord Mayor’s Jubilee Tea Party and continued throughout June at workshops, celebrations and events and in local schools.
This project was funded by Awards for All, and supported by Aziz Indian Restaurant on the Cowley Road, and the Oxford City Council.
Ribbons of Unity