Artist in Transit is an intergenerational, collaborative arts project aimed at delivering creative workshops to communities and people in times of hardship. It is run by two sisters and their mother. They believe in human to human solidarity through the sharing of skills and joint experiences. Their aim is to support each other to achieve shared goals and encourage anyone with ideas to get in touch, and take part.

Artists in Transit is quite a small team, led by 29 year old London born, Molly Daniel. She is the team's Creative Director, Artist, Photographer as well as a youth worker/mentor. Her first project was done with her mother and sister, who are artists as well. Molly's aim is for Artists In Transit to grow and change, depending on what the projects are about and wherever the projects might lead them. 

In October 2016 four of the Artists In Transit team traveled to Athens to deliver workshops to residents of a refugee camp. Children and adults got involved in sewing, doll making, painting, photography, printing, zine sheeting and drawing from still life. The outcome from their efforts appears in this publication called 'MY FRIEND' and is the first publication from this non-profit arts collective and itwas created in collaboration with the children in Athens.

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We caught up with Molly to get to ask her about her personal reflections on life and age.

Do you think how old you are today, is relevant to how you think about yourself and why?

I see myself as at the age where you start to make your life more concrete, maybe not in things like lifestyle or money making jobs, because these are forever uncertain. But in the things that matter, I know what I like and what I want and I can feel the decisions I make forming something around me.

"Age is seen as something that brings wisdom, but really if its not accompanied with personal growth and awareness nothing changes except you get more stuck in your ways. I hate too say it but it also comes from an acceptance of "time being real" which really is silly. We are all just here, right now and we should just be."

Molly Daniel

Image from MY FRIEND. Photos by the children themselves.


Do you think how old you are today, changes how people think about you and why?

Maybe in a way that works to my benefit, I'm young-ish, I have energy, I'm not married...from what I've been told that might appeal to employers in offices. On the flip side, I guess it also means I might be "unreliable" and maybe too "transient". It depends on who you're talking about, though.

I work with young people and unfortunately they already see me as super old. When you are young you can't relate to people a few years ahead of you where as the older i have gotten, the closer i have felt to my teenage self. There's the sense that that was always me...even though back then, I thought I would change and "grow up".


Is there a difference between people who know you and people who you have just met? Could you give us an example?

"We sometimes see our differences as something negative , compared too other people. We hear another persons story and we only note what WE would do differently, if we listened for similarities we would maybe feel more empathy and a base human connection."

Molly Daniel

Image from MY FRIEND. Photos by Molly Daniel.

Yes, people who know me, know more of me then people who have just met me. For example, a new friend is learning about me and my sister knows me. Then again I would show parts of myself to a new friend that I wouldn't show my sister. So, I guess the difference is is that everyone is at different stages of knowing others. We never truly know anyone anyway and we never truly know ourselves.


What is the biggest stress in your life at the moment? Does this have anything to with how old you are?

The biggest stress in my life at the moment is working out how to finance the things I want to pursue. I want to work without monetary gain being the aim but I also want a decent standard of living. My idea of a decent standard of living right now would be having more than one room to live in, being free of debt and being able to buy food, for a good price. In some ways this is directly related to my age, in terms of this is very much the problem of living in London, for my generation. However, it has always been this way all over the world at many different times, so really, it is timeless.



Is there one thing which makes you happiest right now? Do you think this has to do with your age?

I can't choose one thing. Food and love. This might have to do with my age, because I like them both too much to be concerned about the negative effects anymore. I just want to consume them. Whereas, I was maybe more careful when I was younger.


What do you think are the biggest challenges we share across all ages?

"I see myself as at the age where you start to make your life more concrete, maybe not in things like lifestyle or money making jobs, because these are forever uncertain. But in the things that matter, I know what I like and what I want and I can feel the decisions I make forming something around me."

Molly Daniel

Image from MY FRIEND. A poem written by one of the children.

Acceptance, of ourselves and of others. We can be quick to notice the differences in people, instead of similarities. This goes both ways. We sometimes see our differences as something negative , compared to other people. We hear another persons story and we only note what WE would do differently. If we paused to listen for similarities, we would maybe feel more empathy and a stronger base for human connection.


What can you learn from people who are older?

That life keeps going; until it stops. That really, nothing is going to ruin your life, and you are the only one making the decisions and living your life. Although, that's not what I've learnt from listening to older people. They always say things like:  "Do this while you're young....hurry up and do this....make sure you do it like this while you're young etc." oops! Also DEAL with your demons as soon as you can, things haunt you.


What can you learn from people who are younger?

There is something beautiful about the blindness that youth affords you. Teenagers always remind me that you can create your own magical bubble to live in, you can choose what parts of reality exist and which don't.


What do you think is the benefit of a society where our age does not define us? 

Honesty? Age is seen as something that brings wisdom, but really if it's not accompanied with personal growth and awareness, nothing changes - except you get more stuck in your ways. I hate to say it but it also comes from an acceptance of "time being real" which really is silly. We are all just here, right now and we should just be.


If you want to see more of Molly's work visit her site here.

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