'Rainbow Haven God is Good'
Anna White and Emily Hayes formed Pod Collective in 2012 to work with asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester. They use their different skills - photography and embroidery - to compliment their shared vision for telling stories through multi-media art. They believe in the transformative potential that art can have in changing people's often misinformed views of refugees and asylum seekers. By facilitating art workshops Pod Collective aims to unravel participants’ stories, creating a visual dialogue to share with the wider community at events across Greater Manchester.
Through Arts Council funding Pod Collective has provided art and creative workshops at refugee and asylum seeker centres in Greater Manchester, creating comprehensive projects with people that is either exhibited or archived, giving refugees and asylum seekers an increased presence in Manchester. Pod Collective aim to develop skills through art, including confidence, language and social skills and create a safe space for people to come and attend workshops.
Pod Collective is still going strong and has successfully created bodies of work over several years for Refugee Week, celebrating refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester.
'Rainbow Haven Peace'
Dispersal Project Manchester