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Refugee Week

8th February 2019

By filmmaker Zenia Selby In 2017, artist Hannah Rose Thomas went to Northern Iraq and ran an art workshop with a group of Yazidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity. She encouraged them to express their identities and tell their stories by painting self-portraits. Many of the women had never picked up a paintbrush before, […]

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Rachel Shapcott from PositiveNegatives introduces‘Ola’. Co-created with young migrant activists, ‘Ola’ is a unique comic following the love story of two teenagers facing the challenges confronted by thousands of young people in the UK who are undocumented and have irregular immigration status. Despite being smart, outgoing and popular Ola is desperately trying to keep a […]

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Photo: Arteh Odjidja Dima Karout is a visual artist and an art educator based in London. In her research, artwork and classes she advocates for socially engaged art. “I work with mixed media and I create images, texts and installations,” Dima explains. “In my projects, I focus on subjects related to the evolution of identity […]

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3rd May 2018

Isobel Cortese presents her new work, available for exhibition during Refugee Week As an artist I am fascinated by the way life in miniature evokes feelings of wonder and enchantment, I like to create scenes replicating daily life but with a dark twist. I love working on such a tiny scale because I think small […]

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30th April 2018

Introducing a new exhibition at York Art Gallery (4 May – 2 September 2018) Eleven international artists including Nidhal Chamekh (Tunisia/France), Taus Makhacheva (Dagestan/Russia), Shahram Entekhabi (Iran/Germany), Brian Maguire (Ireland), Mohammed Sami (Iraq/UK), Vanessa Vozzo (Italy), Vladimir Miladinović (Serbia), Halil Altindere (Turkey), Varvara Shavrova (USSR/Ireland/UK), Nick Ellwood (UK) and Susan Stockwell (UK) use their work […]

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Generating spaces to explore and reflect on the art of refugee aid, advocacy, awareness-raising and solidarity By Hari Reed Since the beginning of the ‘refugee crisis’, a huge amount of material has been generated about refugees in Europe. The urgency of the crisis led to widespread and rapid outputs in refugee communications across multiple sectors, […]

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The Other House exhibition (Brighton) – 5th to 27th May 2018 Call for Applicants SEAS invites artists working in drawing, painting, digital arts, printing, sculpture, photography and installation to submit work for the SEAS 3rd exhibition – The Other House. The group exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership […]

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23rd February 2018

A new Exhibition showing the struggles, hopes and dreams of Refugee and Migrant Women opens at the Library of Birmingham on 8th March to mark International Women’s Day 2018. A ‘Migration Blanket’ created by the women from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Senegal together with International Artist Salma Zulfiqar shows the challenges they […]

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24th January 2018

In partnership with Leicester Print Workshop, ArtReach has an open artist call out running until 29 January for their Look Up. They are looking for artists to create a proposal on the theme of the refugee experience. They will then work in collaboration with the Leicester Print Workshop artists to create pieces that will be […]

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10th November 2017

By James Easey Yesterday I attended Welcome is a Radical Act: presentations, screenings, workshops & performance, exploring the impact of welcome in the lives of migrants and refugees at Goldsmiths University. Sue Mayo began the day by reflecting on last year’s conference, re-drawing attention to the metal health of those seeking, or attempting to seek, […]

Welcome is a radical act

30th October 2017

By Zsuzsi Soboslay I say to you, my friends,..there are certain things in our..world which I am proud to be ‘maladjusted’.. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination..to religious bigotry… to the madness of militarism… It is no longer the choice between violence and nonviolence. It is […]

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16th October 2017

Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending .     Salma Zulfiqar writes: Art is an important vehicle to raise awareness of the humanitarian scenes I have witness over the passed 15 years while working with the United Nations […]

16th September 2017

As part of the 4th Platforma Festival, Katia Kameli has been commissioned by Art and Christianity Enquiry to create a new installation at St John the Baptist Church in Newcastle. The work will be launched at a special event on 21 October and will be available to view throughout the Festival. Katia Kameli is French-Algerian […]

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18th August 2017

Artist Alice Kettle is embarking on an ambitious new arts project, Thread Bearing Witness, seeking to connect concerned communities and individuals across the UK, inviting them to get stitching, showing solidarity and raising funds for displaced people around the world. Simultaneously, Alice is working on a local level to connect personally with individual women and […]

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