Celebrating Sanctuary London, Refugee Week, 15 June



COunterpoints Arts presents Celebrating Sanctuary London (CSL) on the South Bank, Bernie Spain Gardens (next to Oxo Tower Wharf),  London SE1 9PH 

14.00 to 19.00: free outdoor event to launch Refugee Week 2014

The annual jamboree of arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from the across England, the UK and beyond. In association withPlatforma arts & refugees network, featuring live music from established bands and new collaborations, plus spoken word performances, information stalls, food and much, much more!


Presenting their second full album ‘At Kriol Junction’ our members’ band, Rafiki Jazz go onstage live & direct through 2014-15 with their ‘unmissably intimate & vibey grooves, dancing across world language, genre & culture frontiers’…


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About Aysegul Balkose Thornett

Aysegul is an action painter, performance, visual artist and photographer. She was born in 1979 in Turkey. She moved to Sheffield, UK in 2008. Her former education is in chemical engineering. She finished her masters degree in 2005. During working various textile companies in Istanbul, she started to notice her desire of experimenting ideas through art. She started painting on found cardboard with various paints (using makeup she owned, pastel paints, oil paints and acrylic paints) and started writing screenplays. She had one short and full length movies shot during this period. After she moved to Sheffield, in 2008, she trained to become a circus performer. She has never dropped her brush and experimental approach to painting. Although, she had former education on English, her vocabulary was so limited to express herself and be part of daily dialogues. During this time her interest in cultural differences and the importance of communication fused up and in short time she has been investigating non-verbal dialogues as a concept. Since the end of 2012, she has been action painting, using her feet as brush, directed by her mindful dance movements (combination of belly dance, contemporary dance, basic acrobatic movements and tai chi). She creates the space for triangular non-verbal dialogue between musician-herself-film maker. Whilst she is "dancing" and painting with live improvised music, film maker is live filming , creating moving images, " recording and projecting" as a subjective interpreter of the polylogue (new words and meaning are simultaneously created during the dialogue). She works on project based with different artist from different art forms to create a new way of expressing ideas and concepts through interconnective honest exchange. "What matters is honesty..." Currently she is working as a photographer and performance-visual artist/painter on commissioned/funded projects.


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