At the start of 2017 independent artists Ian Rolls, Maria Tarrant & Lizi Hill were asked by the Jersey Arts Centre exhibitions committee if they could put on an exhibition in the Berni Gallery as part of Refugee Week to support the program of events being organised by JCRAG (Jersey Cares: Refugee Aid Group).
Together the three artist friends devised a project which involved travelling to a refugee camp in Northern Greece to work with the residents to produce artwork which could form the basis for the exhibition. ArtHouse Jersey funded travel and accommodation costs for this trip which was facilitated on the camp in Greece by the Bridge2 Charity.
The artworks by the refugees in the shape of small 2D suitcases was shown in the gallery at the Jersey Arts Centre together with an equal number of artworks by Jersey artists & residents in the shape of 2D houses. The exhibition was a striking juxtaposition of privilege & security of the local community in contrast to desperation and frustrated hope of the refugees.
The exhibition received wide media coverage by the local press, radio & TV and was generally praised as a moving visual presentation which raised awareness of the growing and serious issue of refugees worldwide.
A short documentary film was made of the project on the camp in Greece by filmmaker Aurelie Boas.
This was a one off collaborative project by Ian, Maria & Lizi, who all have successful art practices of their own, but a seed of creative chemistry was sown during the Made with Love project, that may well result in ongoing collaborations.