Platforma 5 – Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Art Project
Work from the 2019 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Art Project will be on display at Sittingbourne Library Exhibition from 15 October – 30 October (10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday)
Young refugees and asylum seekers have created an art exhibition inspired by their journeys to Kent and hopes for the future.
The project was launched at Turner Contemporary in Margate to mark Refugee Week before being put on a show at libraries across the county.
The collection features 20 paintings, drawings, sculptures and murals by Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASCs) who arrived in Kent over the past decade.
Grmalem Kasa’s paintings document his five-month journey from his village in Eritrea to Kent.
“I never did art in my country but my foster carer saw me drawing and bought me a canvas. All my mind is full of my journey and I began drawing my journey. I spent all night drawing on the canvas making the thoughts in my mind real.
“I couldn’t speak that much English to explain my journey but when my foster mum saw my drawings she understood me more. From that, I felt art can help people communicate more easily.”
He’s now studying art.
Presented as part of the 5th Platforma festival, produced by Counterpoints Arts