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21 October 2017  -  15 January 2018



Ritournelle (once more, from the top)

St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle

Ritournelle (once more, from the top) is an exhibition of site-specific artwork made by French-Algerian artist Katia Kameli following her artist-residency in the church. The residency was organised by Art and Christianity Enquiry in collaboration with the Church of St John the Baptist and invited an artist to develop new work which considers the church within the wider context of migration in the North East of England, and related issues of residency and belonging.

In order to learn about the experiences of people migrating to Newcastle, and the services which exist to support them, Kameli visited a number of local institutions including The Comfrey Project and the drop-in session for asylum seekers at Westgate Baptist Church.

In response, Kameli has made two pieces of work to be exhibited in the church; a visual installation for six of the church windows and a sound piece which can be listened to through headphones. The window installation uses diamonds of coloured film within the lead frames. The colours and patterns reference design and architecture motifs native to some of the primary countries from which refugees and migrants relocate to Newcastle.

A preview of Kameli’s work will take place on Saturday 21 October, 2–4pm at St John’s to which all are welcome, as part of the Platforma Festival 2017. Please rsvp to A day-long event in Newcastle will take place on Friday 27 October with panel discussions and opportunities to visit other sites in the Platforma Festival. Please visit for more information.

The project has been funded by Allchurches Trust, Arts Council of England, the Jerusalem Trust, the Headley Trust and the Pea Green Boat Community First Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

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