A Place At The Table
Time & Location
About The Event
Two intimate discussions (Saturday 10 November and Saturday 24 November) for very small audiences that bring the personal stories of refugees, migrants and the grass roots organisations that support them, into the gallery, enabling you to hear their stories at firsthand and ask questions. Refreshments provided.
Saturday 10 November, 1.45-2.45pm - Jacob Berkson & Luqman Onikosi, Brighton Migrant Solidarity. In 2015 Brighton Migrant Solidarity volunteer Jacob Berkson set up Thousand 4 1000 as a community response to homelessness in the city amongst forced migrants by asking local residents to give as little as £1 a month so that homes can be rented for those who cannot otherwise afford one. Jacob is joined by Luqman, one of BMS's members and a target of the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants and refugees. Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a community-led campaign group working to support migrants in Brighton and beyond.
Saturday 24 November, 3.30-4.30pm - Elaine Ortiz and Humeira Yaqub, The Hummingbird Project. In 2015 Elaine Ortiz started The Hummingbird Project to respond to the lack of support for refugees in Calais. This small group fundraised over £55,000, and grew to build community spaces and shelters, set up medical services, tea kitchens and then the Hummingbird Safe Space for unaccompanied minors, recruiting and organising hundreds of highly skilled volunteers from Brighton & Hove and London such as medics, therapists, youth workers, builders and child protection professionals. The Hummingbird Project became a charity in 2017 and now run services that have been co-developed by the young people who we work with: Trauma informed advocacy/casework, education support, a social club and a young leaders training program. Elaine is joined by Humeira Yaqub, a long term volunteer of Hummingbird who worked in the Hummingbird Safe Space in the 'jungle' and is now working in the UK as UASC (unaccompanied asylum seeking child) good practice and training coordinator.
This event is FREE (donations welcome) but places are limited so we recommend that you reserve yours in advance.
You can also reserve a place by talking to a member of the gallery team during gallery opening hours or by calling the Fabrica office on 01273 778646.