The Simcoe Project

From 2006 to 2008 Red Tree artists met with migrant farm workers from Trinidad and Mexico, at the UFCW support centre in Simcoe and at the various farms in Norfolk County where they live and work.

During the first phase of our collaboration, the workers took photographs with disposable cameras. They documented their work and leisure activities on the farms, and they took photographs of their families and their communities back home. They selected photographs for exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe (2007), Mayworks Festival in Toronto (2008), and on Labour Day 2008 in Hamilton. Red Tree artists also took photographs that were staged in collaboration with the participants. Their poem, written in collaboration with Klyde Broox was part of the exhibition.

The second phase added theatre, visual art and more poetry workshops held at the UFCW support centre.

Workshops 2007

Workshops 2008

supported by the Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Art, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)