Little Amal Step by Step Workshop
Saturday 23rd October, 2-4pm
Come and add your footprint to a piece of Oxfordshire history!
Join Rana Ibrahim (Director of Iraqi Women Art and War), and add your footprint and decorations to a long paper footstep trail which will be given to Little Amal – a 3.5 metre tall puppet of a Syrian refugee child.
The puppet was created from a theatre production The Jungle based on stories of children in the Calais refugee camp in France. Since July 2021 Amal has been travelling on an 8,000km journey from Gazientep on the Turkey-Syria border to Manchester UK, and she will stop in Oxford on Tuesday 26th October where she will be welcomed by The Story Museum with a procession and community group activities in a story created by Syrian writer Nadine Kaadan.
Now is your chance to help welcome Amal to Oxfordshire! Add your footprint and message to the footstep trail or decorate a puppet which you can wave to celebrate Little Amal as she arrives in Oxford on the 26th October.
By joining in, you will help raise awareness for the stories of the millions of young refugees who are forced to make difficult journeys in search of a better life.
All ages welcome.
£2.50 per child, adults and under-5’s go free.
This workshop is possible thanks to a Magic Little Grant from Localgiving and Postcode Society Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
About The Walk
‘The Walk’ Produced by Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan and Tracey Seaward in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Presented in Oxford by The Story Museum and partners. Find out more about the Oxford event here: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/amal
Rana Ibrahim is the director and founder of Iraqi Women Art and War (IWAW), working with Iraqi women based in Oxfordshire to capture their war survival stories through art. Rana is an artist and archaeologist and works to help refugee and forced migrant communities to interact with museum collections.
The latest IWAW project ‘Of Ordinary Things’ will see an exhibition of these artworks on display at the Museum of Oxford in March 2022. There will also be a parallel exhibition at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum from May-June 2022.
In the meantime, a mini museum of some of IWAW’s earlier acquisitions will be on display in the new upstairs gallery area at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum from November 2021 onwards.