When our photography group returned to school after the Christmas break in January 2017 they were keen to discuss the American presidential elections and the variety of attitudes which are being displayed at the time. They discussed issues linked to racism, homophobia, feminism and the refugee crisis. They were passionate about spreading a message of love and acceptance no matter where you are from.
In response to this we took our group to an exhibition at Baltic Centre for Contemporary art in Gateshead to study an exhibition called Disappearance at Sea. Working with Amnesty International, the students discovered the journeys people take to escape war and to find safety. To develop their understanding further they were asked to produce a series of photographs in response to a poem by Warsan Shire, Home to create the movie in this article.
This footage has been used in SMSC staff training across the academy trust and has also received excellent feedback from the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) when played at their National Conference in June.