United Voices x Justice4Grenfell
Workshop series, 2018

United Voices is an arts collective that aims to explore how collaborative making and expanded drawing techniques can be useful within the context of social and political activism.

I co-founded the collective whilst in the final year of my MA course at the Royal College of Art, with my peers Natanya Mark, Kate Ducker and Rachel Davey. Frustrated with the lack of positive community spirit shown by our institution, we decided to form a group that would design events that would try and bring groups of people together, both within the college and within our local community of Kensington and Chelsea (which is where Grenfell Tower stood).

As part of our work, we formed the RCA Grenfell Solidarity Group and during the lead up to the 1 year anniversary of the fire, we worked closely with Justice4Grenfell to deliver a series of workshops that saw the university open its doors to the local community and invite them in to use our space, skills and resources to create visual communication that could be taken on the 1-year anniversary silent march.

During the workshop sessions, lots of positive relationships were formed between college students, college staff, local activists, local community centre representatives, local families and individuals from across London. These relationships feel important and have led to more local solidarity work, which has been largely funded by the college.