The Brighton Welcome Blanket brings together 396 textile squares contributed by over 30 makers, to form a unique artwork representing Brighton’s diversity and openness.
The blanket incorporates the inscription that stands on one of the Brighton Pylons at Patcham:
Hail Guest. We ask not what thou art
If friend, we greet thee, hand & heart
If stranger, such no longer be
If foe, our love shall conquer thee
To mark the completion of the blanket, there is a new opportunity for people to be part of its story. You can add your voice to the Welcome Blanket’s chorus by becoming one of 396 new donors to Thousand 4 1000—Brighton’s community response to enforced homelessness of forced migrants. Donate at least £10 or set up a regular donation of at least £1 a month and you can have your name added to the back of the Welcome Blanket.
There are two ways to sponsor a square:
- One-off donation. See our fundraising page at Chuffed.org.
- Regular donation. You can do this by using GoCardless or by standing order.
You can claim Gift Aid on your regular donations by filling in this form. If you want your name on the blanket, let us know using the T4K contact form. We’ll get back to you to confirm and let you know where to send the gift aid form.
Welcome Blanket display events
The Welcome Blanket will be on display at three public events in autumn 2017:
1. The World Transformed, 23-26 September
2. Many Hands, 24 October
Between 2.30pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday 24th October, join us at the Cowley Club in London Road, Brighton, for a community sewing event. We’ll work together to add the names of sponsors to the blanket and share stories and ideas over some delicious West African food at the Jollof Café. Drop in any time.
3. We Ask Not What Thou Art, 14 November
The finished blanket will be presented to Thousand 4 1000 at a public event on Tuesday 14th November, 7.15pm to 9.15pm at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. All are welcome to see a short film, hear from migrants and supporters about the human impact of Britain’s ‘hostile environment’, take in a performance by poet Saradha Soobrayen and connect with others over tea and cake. Free entry, donations welcome.