26 November 2015

22 June 2015

Best Foot Forward - Refugee Week 2015

15-22 June
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

Best Foot Forward is an installation produced by the members of the Norwich International Youth Project in celebration of Refugee Week 2015, and led by artist Ruth Macdougall.

Through the course of 6 workshops, the group have reflected on the journey that they have each taken from their numerous and diverse countries, remembering the shoes they wore when they arrived in England and the stories they might tell. Using a variety of moulding and casting techniques, each member then had the opportunity to take a cast of one foot and consider where they would now like their feet to take them. The ambitions and wishes of the group are tattooed on their feet. They are now displayed on the floor of the Library, each taking an individual path towards a shared future.

Norwich International Youth Project (NIYP) is the only organisation in Norfolk that provides comprehensive services for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. Through our empowerment and integration work, we help to minimise poverty and distress at an individual level whilst addressing issues of discrimination in the wider community. We achieve this through formal English tuition, life skills activities, sporting, training programmes, and individually tailored advocacy to form a support package that builds confidence, self-esteem, raises aspiration and deepens cultural understanding.