In July 2016 we organised the project “Peacepainting: The world is our canvas”, together with the organisation Peacepainting in Terråk, Norway. Participants from Norway, Tunisia and Croatia, and a few recently settled refugees from Eritrea, got to learn about Norwegian coastal culture in the scenic Helgeland region, and gather inspiration to the week’s highlight; a full-day workshop with the instructors of Peacepainting. All participants were given an introduction to use of colour, painting techniques and composition, and subsequently made their own paintings. The participants gave their work a title and their own description. All the pictures were then put together to an exhibition to which we invited an audience of the local community.
Besides paint workshops, we worked with the meaning of peace, and consequences of ‘unpeace’. We ran name games, “speed dating” to get to know each other better, went hiking in the mountains, and facilitated more structured learning exercises, such as “Mission Z: One last chance”.
The project was co-funded by Erasmus +.