“Our Stories of Home – Past and Present” – A Community Engaged Public Art Project for Arabic and Farsi Speaking Newcomers with JEAN BRADBURY

WHAT – A series of FREE art workshops. Jean Bradbury will lead workshop participants in creating simple comic book style drawings, combining embroidery, painting, and drawing. Participants will be invited to share their stories of home, culture, and community.

WHO – Newcomers to Richmond from Arabic and Farsi-speaking countries. All ages welcome. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

WHY- When you moved to Canada you left behind memories – some good and some bad. Art can help you to process these. It can also help you to pass along these stories to your families and to your new community so that they better understand your experience and who you are. And we will have fun learning to draw!

WHERE – The workshops will take place outdoors at Brighouse Park or Minoru Park in small groups. A COVID safety plan will be in place to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and staff.

WHEN - Saturday mornings 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Beginning August 7, 2021, to October 16, 2021  [a total of 11 workshops]

What do you miss from your old home? What do you love about your new home? This project invites participants to share their stories in a series of art workshops. You will learn to draw using a simple graphic novel format. NO ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Language translators will be present during the workshops. Depending on your interests we may turn your drawings into embroideries, comic books, or a community mural. Let’s talk!


To register for this program, please contact info@rmcs.bc.ca or call (604) 279-7160. You can also register online from here.

Registrations will be limited and you must be able to attend a minimum of 9 workshops.

There is no cost to participate.



Jean Bradbury is a visual artist specializing in public murals. Her work explores the stories told by our natural environment, its native plants and animals, as well as species from around the world. Similarly, she has created installations celebrating the stories of diverse peoples from around the world.

In 1999 she founded “Safi Crafts” to provide art, craft, and entrepreneurial instruction to rural women in the Southern Jordan Valley, and in 2012 she established “Studio Syria” to bring art and education opportunities to Syrians living as refugees in Jordan.

Born in the Shetland Islands of Scotland Jean grew up in New Brunswick and now splits her time between Seattle and Bowen Island, BC. She holds a Fine Arts degree from Queen’s University and a degree in illustration from Seattle Central College.

This project is presented by the City of Richmond in partnership with Richmond Multicultural Community Services and is part of the 2021 Engaging Artists in Community Program for Richmond Public Art. The program aims to support artists with socially-oriented practices and encourages the development of a wide variety of art forms for artists working within communities.