"Multicolour is a brilliant idea and a subtly powerful reminder of individual reality behind the news headlines. The activity of drawing in this context becomes both a reminder of the human tragedy and yet somehow also a symbol of hope and connection with people suffering almost unimaginable circumstances "
“These crayons were used by children at Calais Jungle camp to draw their dreams on paper, I am happy to re-use them to make at least some of these dreams come true.”
Our 2019 project, Multicolour, saw many of the world’s leading artists – among them Anish Kapoor, Sean Scully, Rachel Whiteread, and Michael Craig- Martin- create works using the pencils we salvaged from the Calais refugee camp after it was demolished back in 2017. The 32 brand new works were exhibited at Cork Street Galleries in central London and were then sold as part of Phillips’ ‘New Now’ sale on the 11 April.
The Calais Jungle refugee camp was demolished by French Authorities in October 2016.
The Jungle, which had previously been full of life was transformed into a wasteland in the space of a few days. Shortly after the camp’s destruction, we re-visited the flattened site, and found signs of the people that had lived there. Where the bathrooms used to stand, we found toothbrushes embedded in the soil, debris from the demolished shelters had been scattered across the whole site, and a number of coloured pencils and crayons were found in the dirt where the children’s school had previously been. It was these muddy pencils we brought back to London and used to develop Multicolour.
MULTICOLOUR WAS FEATURED IN 34 MAINSTREAM MEDIA SOURCES INCLUDING:
“I was lucky enough to have been part of a generation that didn’t witness the extreme state of unrest in my childhood home of Kashmir. Since independence from Britain, India and Pakistan have disputed the territory of Kashmir for nearly 70 years. Wars between India and Pakistan have centred on Kashmir, there has been armed revolt in the Muslim-majority region against rule by India and the young generation are becoming radicalised. When I think of Kashmir, I think about what has been lost; the place I once knew is now of the past. I could never return. . Whether or not today’s refugees are fleeing from political or economical trouble, I identify with, and have great empathy for the sense of displacement they must feel. The only way I can express my true feelings is through my art - as a means of release and escapism - so I am happy to be contributing to the Migrate project in aid of this worthwhile cause”
This project would have not have been possible without the generous support from: