As part of Refugee Week 2023, the National Maritime Museum is hosting a day of activities and displays that explore the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and the importance of compassion.
Learn more about the free events on offer below, and find more Refugee Week events here.
A drawing workshop with artist Jay Percy
During the workshop, the focus will be on the inspiring achievements of Yusra and Sara Mardini: two swimmers and refugees who took a courageous journey across the Aegean Sea to escape the devastations of war in Syria.
Yusra's participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team and Sara's devoted work as a volunteer lifeguard with Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) are both remarkable feats.
We will draw inspiration from these courageous women while using oil pastels to create art pieces that exhibit their exceptional bravery.
About the artist
London artist Jay Percy (pictured) possesses a great love for the seen and unseen realms and reflects this lovingly in her feminine, nature inspired artwork. Using vibrant hues and lashings of sumptuous gold, she captures the joy of existing as an extension of nature in an increasingly concrete world.
Her work has been praised for its vibrancy, inspirational nature and empowering approach towards Women and African Diasporic Spirituality.