Freedom Project Women’s Support Centre Armenia

By Olive Branch Arts

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We are excited to announce our Trauma Informed ‘FREEDOM PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT’ has been supported by The Bearr Trust & Shutter Hub which means Emma & Becky will be travelling to Armenia in February 2020 to deliver a project with Survivors, Practitioners, Artists & Activists at The Women's Support Centre (WSC) in Yerevan Armenia.

We need to help to raise a bit of extra cash to get the project fully funded & would love for you to join us for our ever-popular fundraiser at the surreally distinguished Vout-O-Reenee's on Friday 11th October.

To reserve a place on our guest list for the night (or just to support the project) please click on one of the donation buttons on this page...

Doors: 7pm for an 8pm start.

Located in the Crypt of the Church at 30 Prescot St, E1 8BB, the nearest tube to Vout-O-Reenee's is Tower Hill or Aldgate East.

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We have an incredible all-Female line up for the evening with the electrifying B’Licious headlining with her new project T.O.A.D… expect a tsunami of bass heavy beats, vocals dripping in honey in an Amazonian inspired experience. Mamatung will be joining us all the way from Liverpool, with their raw, bounding journey of grace entwined with spirited melodies, chants and serendipitous harmonies. To open the evening we are lucky to have the wonderful Aygül Erce who'll be singing some beautiful folks songs from the region.

Please remember if you can't make it but would like to donate anyway you are very welcome… a donation of any size will be rewarded with huge hugs and much gratitude!

The Freedom Project

During our Photography training on the Sahrawi Refugee Camps in 2017 one of our photographers, Tumana asked the question “How do you photograph Freedom?” The impact of that question and our exploration the following year on the camps gave birth to an idea that has since found us working with the charity Play for Progress and their unaccompanied young refugees and now with the WSC a domestic violence charity in Armenia.

Our aim is to build an exhibition that raises awareness of organisations, individuals and causes that fight for the freedom to belong, whether that be in their homeland, in their new found home or in the body.

Becky’s experience as a Dramatherapist underpins the project and as part of the training we explore ways in which we can raise the voices of survivors of violence, displacement, and marginalisation without retraumatising the participants. Award winning photographer and PhotoVoice practitioner Emma Brown delivers a powerful photography training which enables our participants to tell their stories around freedom and identity from the safety of behind the camera with techniques to create strong visual storytelling.

Olive Branch Arts

Olive Branch Arts work creatively with displaced communities here in the UK and abroad, we are committed to building relationships across communities to promote love, dignity, and care for all people who seek refuge. Next year we are travelling to Yerevan in Armenia to work with domestic violence survivors and activists. We’ll be delivering a Tender based training for support staff at Yerevan’s Women’s Support Centre, alongside a participatory photography program for survivors, activists, and artists.

By offering participants a safe place to come together and learn new skills we aim to develop bonds and confidence across this community of women, their supporters and activists. Enabling them to visually document their own stories, focusing on the moments of freedom they cherish and ultimately to reduce the isolation of this community through the sharing of photography.

We are committed to sharing our participant’s stories around the world to enable them to be seen and heard by a new audience. To this end we will be launching the resulting exhibition of their work on International Women’s Day 2020 in various cities worldwide.

This project is being supported by the Bearr Trust small grants scheme, Shutter Hub's Camera Amnesty… and you!

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Team Members

Becky Hall

Emma Brown