Anna White and Emily Hayes formed Pod Collective in 2012 to work with asylum seekers and refugees in the North West. 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 North West.
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