A professional development session for teachers and community educators across Sussex in dialogue with the exhibition All In The Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories.

This is a free online Zoom event for teachers and community educators across Sussex.

Prior booking is essential. Participants will be sent a stitching kit ahead of the event.

Monday 8 February, 4.30 – 6pm SOLD OUT

Monday 8 March, 4.30 – 6pm SOLD OUT

In the wake of devastating disruptions caused by COVID-19, ‘Recovery Curriculums’ delivered through remote and blended learning, have become the new normal in schools and colleges. As educators, how do we ‘mend the gap’ in learning and community, adapt to the many changes in wider society and look after our wellbeing?

From March – July 2020, Artists Jimena Pardo and Janey Moffatt, along with the Refugee Buddy Project Hastings, Rother & Wealden led the community project Stitch for Change. Addressing the needs of individuals impacted by loss and isolation, over 70 people came together online to stitch a collective experience. COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd have highlighted significant health, racial, social and economic injustices in our society affecting migrants, school children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. However, in these unsettling times, we have seen many examples of people coming together to make positive change through creative initiatives. Stitch for Change is one of these key projects that sought to provide care, build connection and raise awareness.

Join us for this CPD session led by Jimena Pardo, one of the Stitch for Change lead artists, and founder of the London based project Embroidering Memory (Bordando Memoria). Participants will be introduced to the exhibition All in The Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories and related resources and ideas about ‘subversive stitching’ in the UK and Chile; supported to make a small stitched artwork in dialogue with the exhibition or other issues that have affected you during the pandemic, and encouraged to consider how to build a practice and curriculum for improved wellbeing.

Filmed by Eddie Romero