Join Visiting Artist Kate Daudy for an informal walk and talk to find out more about her street-writing project that shares positive and thought-provoking ideas. Based at YSP for a week in October, Daudy will create written interventions in the open air around the Park and in YSP Learning.
Most recently, Daudy visited the Middle East with UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees). She will embroider and inscribe a typical refugee tent given to her by UNHCR with authentic refugee stories. The work will then be displayed by organisations in all the countries that contribute to the UNHCR, before being auctioned to raise funds for the UNHCR and the ONUart foundation, which supports art and political projects.
Daudy's encounters with refugees have been life changing for her. The grace, resilience and creativity of these people who have fled their homes, often in the most traumatic circumstances, and the compassion of those who help them, has reaffirmed her belief that, as Marcus Aurelius says: 'our life is what our thoughts make it'.
Writing on walls around Yorkshire Sculpture Park is part of a prolific street-writing campaign that Daudy has embarked on to share positive, thought-provoking messages and ideas, in an effort to encourage everyone to count and share their blessings, to smile and be kind. Her writing can be seen on schools, galleries, shops, street corners, private houses, businesses, and caravans in a refugee camp.