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Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

Poster Mock Up

Art Practice -Work In Progress Posted on Tue, June 05, 2012 18:47:51

I have found it satisfying and rewarding to work on my poster mock up [see also post 61 below] and I am intending also using this as the starting point for my etching.

For the etching I am considering using the above format but with my litho stone composition as the basis for the image rather than this photograph. I will have to give this further consideration during my induction tomorrow.

Anti-Slavery International

Other Research Posted on Tue, June 05, 2012 16:58:37

During my current research I have also found the Anti-Slavery International website to be a useful resource, particularly:

The Slavery On The High Street Report that has just been published [1 June 2012]

and the Slavery on the High street summary [Jun 2012]

and it is shocking to see how many of our high street shops and supermarkets are culpable as can be readily seen in this table and footnotes.

Anti-Slavery International also provide a valuable online resource library of numerous reports including a number specifically relating to trafficking.

They have also produced a map showing the products of slavery which I found to be rather disturbing.

Modern Slavery in The UK

Other Research Posted on Tue, June 05, 2012 12:42:25

Last week, I was challenged to come across this paper in my study: the Findings Summary of the 2007 Joseph Rowntree Foundation [JRF] report: Contemporary slavery in the UK: Overview and key issues.

This motivated me to investigate further and I discovered the full report on line, together with a summary; in addition I found a number of subsequent reports into modern slavery that JRF have produced.

I am still in the process of studying these resources; and I thought it would be good to gather the links to these JRF reports etc together:

Contemporary slavery in the UK: Overview and key issues [2007]

[summary – 4 page – pdf] [Full report – 79 page – pdf]

Experiences Of Forced Labour In The UK Food Industry [May 2012]

[summary – 4 page – pdf] [Full report – 91 page – pdf] [Full report – 68 page – ebook]

Forced Labour In The UK: The Business Angle [April 2012]

[Full report – 36 page – pdf]

Regulation And Enforcement To Tackle Forced Labour In The Uk: A Systematic Response? [February 2012]

[Full report – 65 page – pdf]

Forced Labour: Contemporary Slavery In The UK [webpage 2012]

Chinese Migrants: Their Experiences In Their Own Words [Dec 2011]

[Full report – 52 page – pdf]

Experiences Of Forced Labour Among Chinese Migrant Workers [Nov 2011]

[summary – 5 page – pdf] [Full report – 68 page – pdf] [Full report – 65 page – ebook]

Forced Labour And UK Immigration Policy: Status Matters? [Oct 2011]

[Full report – 45 page – pdf]

Between Decent Work And Forced Labour: Examining The Continuum Of Exploitation [Nov 2010]

[Full report – 38 page – pdf]