I found it encouraging and enriching for the 9 of us to share together our project ideas; together with the discussions and feedback that followed each idea.

I was reassuring and encouraged to be reminded that the project should be what I want to do, and not what I think might be expected of me. It was also useful to receive guidance concerning the need the envisage the audience and location of display [not necessarily in gallery space] in planning the form and content of future work.

It was good to discuss my past, present and further work, particularly for it to be recognised that my personal concern for the issue of people trafficking was encrypted in my recent beach gleaning work. I also appreciated being able to discuss how this work could be brought to some kind of conclusion, it was good to receive a positive response to my idea of using printmaking to make a kind of log book which would then be completed by hand to systematically document the findings for each beach gleaning session.

I was pleased to be able to share my dilemma as to the best way forward to progress my work towards a final conclusion next year; I had felt in need of some feedback and guidance, which was duly forthcoming. I also find the actual process of discussing my ideas also help me to develop my thoughts.

I was pleased with how frankly I could express my project and aspirations within the group; this was quite liberating in itself.

I thus intend to take note of these constructive discussions and to focus my work over the summer into conducting further research. This research will be mainly focussed on people trafficking/ modern slavery, but I may also explore something of the history of slavery and forced labour. The starting point for this research into modern slavery will be to study the various reports from the JRF [Joseph Rowntree Foundation] and Anti-Slavery International that I have recently gathered together. In addition I would also like to invest some time in undertaking a theological reflection with a particular regard to the theologians who argue the case for “God’s bias to the poor” and who speak of God’s concern for the afflicted and the oppressed; such a theological study would be envisaged to include consideration of key biblical texts [which would include several passages from the Old Testament Prophets and the Gospels].

This research will form the basis for my future artistic response, both in form and content. I envisage that this artistic response will not really properly begin to crystallise until the next unit in the autumn.