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Archived Event: Refugee Week – The Swimmers- A creative workshop

This event has already taken place, and is shown here for information only.

Date: 17 Jun 2023

Time: 11.30-13.00

Venue: National Maritime Museum Romney Road East Greenwich London SE10 9NF

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Join artist Jay Percy for a creative drawing workshop in response to The Swimmers – the remarkable story of the Mardini sisters.

Creative Workshop

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 under the Olympic flag and Sara’s devoted work as a volunteer lifeguard with the Greek humanitarian NGO, 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 it’s vibrancy, inspirational nature and empowering approach towards Women and African Diasporic Spirituality.

Starting in childhood, Jay has dedicated her existence to understanding the meaning of life and expressing this through her abundant creativity. To the development of her immense talent, Jay has created an incredibly impressive portfolio of work.


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