I Packed This Myself
I Packed This Myself brings together migrant workers and local communities.
Every year, seasonally, thousands of workers from overseas come to Cornwall. These workers can face hostility and resentment. In rural Cornwall, due to expensive local housing, agricultural workers are often housed in caravans. They can have little contact with local people who often lack the opportunity to meet them. I Packed This Myself aims to change that. Ten years ago, we created a touring exhibition of suitcases – and ran workshops in schools. Click here to read an evaluation.
Over the next two years we’ll be rolling out more workshops and hopefully creating a new exhibition.The lack of understanding (on both sides) in rural communities still exists so watch this space. We will be doing some more work in this area soon.
To view a web gallery featured in the Guardian in 2009 of a show in Camborne, Cornwall, click here. The project was showcased by the then Commission for Rural Communities as a national example of good practice – its original title was Let’s Talk. Various funders – including the Migration Impacts Fund through Communities and Local Government – have supported this work.
I Packed This Myself works in west Cornwall with migrant workers to break down prejudice