An artist and a well - established Ipswich charity have combined to present an exhibition at St Peter's by the Waterfront, College Street Ipswich in the week beginning 5th July as part of Ip art.
The Karibu African Women's Support Group have made a spectacular large quilt of many different materials, including bright African cloths. This will be displayed from 7th July until the end of October. To raise funds for the group, there will be a silent auction with a starting bid of £75 for this beautiful piece of work made to commemorate Karibu’s 10th anniversary.
The Karibu African Women's Support Group have a tradition of reaching a wide range of people in need from the African and other British minority ethnic communities and local women at large to deliver a range of all - inclusive services and projects. Many members feel isolated for a number of reasons and the group offers friendship and support. They meet on Wednesdays at 11.30 to 3.00 at Burlington Baptist Church Hall, Ipswich.
Lara Uzokwe the group coordinator said 'Our range of projects that we deliver all help to ensure that those who are disadvantaged become more able in their capacities to partake in society on an even playing field, therefore hopefully reducing the dependence on other services. One such project is the making of this beautiful quilt which involved a huge contribution from some of our adult service users with mental disabilities and some of our members who are family carers.' Lara can be contacted on 01473 289330 / 07751 660 833 email Karib_wsg@ yahoo.co.uk to make bids for the quilt or for more information about the group.
The satisfaction expressed by the ladies responsible for this work can be summed up by one enthusiastic seamstress -
'Partaking in the making of this quilt has been a joy!!! It has kept me off antidepressants as a family carer going through a difficult time. I would say this quote about the ladies "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart!!"
The second exhibition running at St Peter's by the Waterfront is a show of prints and associated artworks called Women Threading by Brenda Nash, which is Brenda's take as a westerner on how women 'thread' together to keep themselves and their families together, particularly in war zones of other countries. Brenda's ideas were influenced by a spell working in Saudi Arabia thirty years ago, and more recently an interest in reading about and researching how ordinary families cope in war zones. This has resulted in a powerful and evocative exhibition using the media of print and collage of different materials.
Brenda's show runs from 7 to 11 July from 10 to 3.
On Friday 10th from 5 to 7 there will be an opportunity to meet the artist and members of the Karibu African Women's Support Group with refreshments.