Our 2019 project, Multicolour, saw many of the world’s leading artists – among them Anish Kapoor, Sean Scully, Rachel Whiteread, and Michael Craig- Martin- create works using the pencils we salvaged from the Calais refugee camp after it was demolished back in 2016. The 32 brand new works were exhibited at Cork Street Galleries in central London and were then sold as part of Phillips’ ‘New Now’ sale on the 11 April, raising a total of £121,000.
The Calais Jungle refugee camp was demolished by French Authorities in October 2016. The Jungle, which had previously been full of life was transformed into a wasteland in the space of a few days. Shortly after the camp’s destruction, we re-visited the flattened site, and found signs of the people that had lived there. Where the bathrooms used to stand, we found toothbrushes embedded in the soil, debris from the demolished shelters had been scattered across the whole site, and a number of coloured pencils and crayons were found in the dirt where the children’s school had previously been. It was these muddy pencils we brought back to London and used to develop Multicolour.
“At Pelham we are always excited about arts projects with meaning, so when we were introduced to Migrate’s Multicolour project we were greatly enthusiastic about its charitable aims. Our working relationship with Migrate has been very positive. We are very proud of the work we achieved together.”
This project is no longer active, but you can still buy a colouring book in our shop here