As part of its Platforma work, and alongside delivering the exciting new Journeys Festival, ArtReach has secured funds from Arts Council England to commission a Refugee Artist(s) to create new work for the East Midlands.

With key input from a special Commissioning Panel a team of three artists has been selected to be awarded the Commission. A Journey of unBelonging combines live painting, music composition, video and performance. The three artists; Mina Mikhail Salama (Egyptian composer/instrumentalist), Aysegul Thornett (Turkish performance & visual artist) and Joao Paulo Simoes (director and moving image maker) will be working to change the public perception about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

The project will share and express the conceptual inner journey and feelings of not-belonging. Aysegul will be action painting with her feet, using movements based in tai chi; movements directly influenced by live music from Mina Salama. The live painting action will be recorded and videoed by Joao which will be projected to a screen as part of a performance installation. The piece will be performed as a final presentation in the East Midlands in early 2014.

The Journey of unBelonging blog will soon be launched. Watch this space and follow @JourneysFest and @_ArtReach for project details as they unfold.