Artist Ann Rapstoff worked with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in East Oxford, as part of the inSite public art commission, using the arts to help establish their connection to the community.
The Outside Space
A series of art activities were launched to help bring groups together including a video with the English Community School (ESOL), which celebrated their personal journeys and experiences of being in Oxford.
A welcoming courtyard sanctuary was also created at the Asylum Welcome Building, which included a herb garden and mural. The project culminated with a temporal work ‘WISH’ which took place at the Cowley Road Carnival in 2002.
200 hundred colourful balloons were launched, bearing the hopes and wishes of carnival goers. One balloon made it all the way to the island of Terschilling, (off the Netherlands) which carried one young girl’s wish for world peace.