The Blanket Without Borders Project


Embroidery by Melodie Stacey

Blanket Without Borders
An Inclusive Art Project by The Sussex Circle

Blanket Without Borders was started in summer 2016 as a meeting place and talking point amongst a group of artist-makers based in Sussex, UK, who felt a need to create a collaborative piece of artwork to explore and connect with themes around belonging, home and cultural heritage in the wake of the EU referendum and the refugee crisis in Calais.
The Blanket Without Borders Project aims to promote inclusivity, communication and connection with our own personal stories of migration and settlement, with those of our wider community and international family. By each stitching a square for the blanket, we will add to a larger piece of artwork, witnessing the threads that connect us, and the ways in which we can show care and support for each other in times of cultural upheaval.
Once we have gathered enough squares and begun to construct the blanket, we aim to exhibit the piece and continue adding to the blanket with ongoing workshops and public engagement events.

Please see ‘Contributing Artists’ page for more information about the members of the Sussex Circle.

Go to ‘Submission Guidelines’ to find our how you can get involved in the project.

‘No Man is an Island’

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne

Workshop & Exhibition

Friday January 27th
Blanket Without Borders
Embroidery Drop-In Workshop
@ ONCA Gallery, Brighton
Gallery opening times 12-4pm

Members of art & textile group The Sussex Circle will be on site during the day hosting a drop-in for anyone interested in embroidering a square for the Blanket Without Borders, which will be on display in the gallery during the Blackbirds Film Festival, which runs from Jan 26th-29th 2017. Materials provided, free to attend, donations welcome.

Supporting MEENA Centre for Refugee Women & Children

Blackbirds Film Festival at ONCA

Work in the making . . .