Environmental art workshops by Vickie Fremont

Invited by the Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the Alliance Francaise de Kotte in Colombo, Vickie Fremont, visual artist, will be on tour in Sri Lanka and the Maldives from the 30th of June to the 27th of July, to implement environmental artistic workshops, based on a recycling program.

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Created to pave the road to Paris Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) hold in December 2015, Vickie Frémont’s Environmental Citizen Workshops aim at engaging people into the worldwide movement to halt climate change. By involving citizens in an artistic and creative process, each workshop explains the relationship between climate change and our daily disposal of trash and shows how to recycle products in a creative way to reduce the excess of domestic waste.

At the end of the session (2 x 2 hours of workshops), each participant creates an eco-responsible artwork (jewelry, puppets, etc.), transforming and recycling rejected materials of daily use.

Vickie Fremont will present her program in Colombo, Kandy, Matara Jaffna and Male, working with schools and the Alliance Francaise network.

In Jaffna, Vickie will conduct workshops with women involved in the “Recylcled Sari”, project launched by the NGO PARCIC in 2012. PARCIC (Pacific Asia Resource Center Interpeoples’ Cooperation) was created in 1973 and became active in Sri Lanka after the tsunami in 2004, implementing reconstruction projects. The mission of PARCIC is to extend direct support to people afflicted by violence or natural disasters and to help them achieve self-reliance, promoting direct exchange and trade based on trust among people as a mean toward self-reliant, peaceful and human development.

Working with seamstresses from PARCIC and putting art and recycling at the basis of an economic activity involving women, Vickie’s workshops aim at promoting recycling and sustainable practices through a cultural and cooperation project and take part in a capacity building project empowering women.

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workshops in Kandy

The Embassy of France is grateful to all its sponsors and especially to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, to the Galle Face Hotel, main hospitality partner, Airbus Group, Total, Lion Royal Pvt. Ltd, Suez Environment, Alstom, Carmart-Peugeot, Connaissance de Ceylan, Dialog, Pee Bee-Lancôme, Schneider Electric Lanka, Shanti Travel, Unibridge, Veolia, Vinci, and all those who contributed to the organization of the French Spring 2016.

Online 02/07/2016

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