Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Today in Sola!

We have currently been working with The Red Cross to get some of the groups involved in creative activities. Over the past few weeks we have come across some really talented artists that have been hiding away. 
When given the right equipment and space to experiment they really have produced some excellent work.
Essi an oil painter that we came across from Iran has been working away for the last few weeks on a variety of paintings. 
Here is an example of some of the exciting work that we are seeing produced within the studio! 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

What are we getting upto at the moment??

SOLA has been recently working on a Mural for The Florence Institute that is currently being restored. 
It is truly a wonderful building that is packed with history and character. The work that has been done so far to the building has been great to see and will be brilliant for the community once it is finally opened to the public. 

Many of SOLA's volunteers have been hard at work to paint the mural for the main gym area, a wall that isn't the easiest place to access but each of us are enjoying the challenge. 
Here are a few images of us getting suited and booted for the task ahead! 

Don't worry though, we are still running all of our other projects along side this and have a lot of activity still in our office/studio space. 
A wonderful new oil painter has recently joined us and we will be posting some of the work he does for you all to experience so keep an eye out! 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Immigmedia Greenhouse Project

This week was full of all kinds of creative activities for the women and children to get involved with.  We would firstly like to thank The World Museum who's excellent volunteers came along and created all kinds of crafty, colourful masks and head garments with the group. 
This allowed the women to explore a whole variety of tools and equipment and truly let their creative side shine. 
This would not have been possible without the support of World Museum, who we hope will be coming along to do similar workshops in the future. 

We also had Andrew's music group with the women today who are sounding better and better each week. Hopefully we can get some recordings for you all to hear and see soon!

Also the Immigmedia Greenhouse took up residence within the group again today, where the children decided this was their own little house to play and have stories read to them.

We had a range of activities based around and within the greenhouse, many of the women enjoyed planting their own seeds that will grow and be nurtured throughout the process of this on going project. They will ultimately be brought along to the Liverpool John Moores Degree show where I (Emily Phipps) will be discussing the development of this particular project and the work that SOLA ART does with the general public, they will be able to take the seeds that will have grown by this time and replant them into the plant pots that the women produced out of newspapers a few weeks ago with the topic of immigration captured inside of them and the lingering discussions based around the effect these articles may have on their situation. 
These plants will then be brought back to Kensington Methodist Church for the group to enjoy and help grow on and on.

We are also continuing with the English speaking, reading and writing help that we have previously offered within the group and informing the women of further ESOL classes that SOLA are hosting each week. 
A lot of the women have come on leaps and bounds with their spelling and writing skills. The great volunteers that keep all the children entertained, allow the women to focus on these activities and learning of new skills but ultimately enjoy their time spent in these weekly group sessions.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Nowruz Action نوروزکارزار

Nowruz Action
The Persian holiday Nowruz نوروز(―new day‖) is an ancient holiday celebrated on the first day of spring to welcome in the new year. On this Nowruz we want to remember several courageous prisoners of conscience in Iran with Nowruz greetings. We ask you to send cards with simple Nowruz greetings such as ―Nowruz mobarak‖ مبارکنوروز
You can say ―thinking of you at Nowruz time‖ or ―hoping you are well.‖ You may send a greeting in either English or Farsi (Persian) but please do not mention Amnesty International or specifics of the recipient’s case. Please also refrain from mentioning the political situation, human rights or U.S.-Iran relations. We suggest sending cards with pictures of landscapes, spring flowers or the like, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday and the message of hope and renewal. Please do not choose cards that have pictures of people, and please do not use cards that depict bottles of wine or other alcoholic beverages.
Traditional Nowruz celebrations include the preparation of a Haft Sin table which literally means the seven s’s. Seven items beginning with the Persian letter sin (equivalent to the English s) and which represent spring time are set out. To honor this tradition, this year Amnesty International has selected seven cases, all of them prisoners of conscience who have been identified by Amnesty International as ―individuals at risk‖ and are therefore targeted for intensified campaigning. Several of them have been sentenced to long prison terms for their peaceful activism and several are in poor health.
Our previous Nowruz actions have been very successful! Of the seven cases featured in last year’s Nowruz action, four have been resolved in the past year: Mansour Ossanlu and Hengameh Shahidi were given medical furloughs; Emadeddin Baghi was released after serving his one-year sentence and his other six-year sentence was set aside; Kamiar and Arash Alaei have both been released and are now based in the United States. Kamiar and Arash were the subjects of a couple of previous Nowruz actions. They related how they were given a brief medical furlough and went back to the their parents’ house to find hundreds of Nowruz cards sent to them by Amnesty activists and how much that cheered them up and gave them the strength to go on. This action really matters! 

For further details see the link below on how to get involved

Friday, 9 March 2012

Social Network Training

Today a group of our volunteers where involved in a social network training session which was held at Red Ninja Studio's. We would like to thank all the members for taking time out of their busy schedule to help train all of us on how to showcase to you all the broad, unique, exciting projects and work that all of us are producing within a variety of community groups. 

From this opportunity we will be able to broadcast all the work that SOLA ARTS has been devoted to and hopefully allow you to get involved in any shape or form and as little or as much as you are all willing to.  

We have many on going projects to share with you and some commissions creeping up that we will be sure to fill you in on. 
As well as sharing a daily thought for you to ponder on while you check into your profiles. 

We are always looking for more volunteers, collaborations, ethical businesses, charities, commission and fundraising opportunities so please do keep us updated on what you are all getting up to and keep an eye out for all our updates, there is lots of interesting things to come!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Immigmedia Greenhouse Project

 This week the greenhouse was put in place within the group where the women and children got involved with the putting up of the greenhouse and the children played within their very own little house. 
Many of the children got involved in the story telling activities within the greenhouse which brought a great sense of innocence and adventure to the project.