1. On a large sheet of paper brainstorm as a group ‘where have we found Belonging here?’. Ask participants about local places they have visited, places they spend time, and spaces where they feel they fit in or can connect with their own cultures. For instance, local landmarks and places of interest, cultural venues they have visited, parks where they hang out with friends, sports stadiums and local teams, shops and restaurants selling familiar foods, places of worship, schools, and other places where they feel welcomed and connected.
2. Each participant selects one or more of the places on the list to produce an illustration, making sure there is only one of each place represented across the group. It might help to have a list and ask participants to write their name besides the place they intend to illustrate. It may also be helpful to print off images of the places listed so that they can be copied rather than drawn from memory. Provide squares of paper or patches of fabric to draw or to paint a representation of each place.
3. Look at maps and bird’s eye views of the city or local area. Ask a few more confident participants to work together on a large canvas or sheet of paper to sketch out a very rough, approximate outline of the layout of the area, including main roads, rivers and market places, for instance. This can be quite abstract and not true to life and will be the backdrop for the artwork.
4. Use paints, spray paints, batik or another medium to fill it in the lines drawn on the large map outline. Keep the colours simple so the backdrop does not distract from the more detailed locations that will go on top of it.
4. Cut around the locations produced on the patches and then spread them all out. Arrange on the map backdrop, taking time to play around with where they all go. When the group are happy with the layout they can be stuck down.