Drawing Together

This is a historic exhibition. It is no longer available to visit and this page is only retained as a record of the previous event. For current and future exhibitions, visit our What's On page.

An Exhibition of Art by the N.E.S.T Asylum Seeker, Refugee and Volunteer Community

A painting of a bird


Until 9 May 2019 (historic exhibition)


‘Drawing Together’ exhibits a visual partnership amongst shared cultures and backgrounds, represented by objects of mixed-method drawing, painting and sculpture. Through its series of collaborative creations, this special exhibition showcases the imagination that asylum seekers, refugees and volunteers possess and contribute to the North East community. It offers viewers the opportunity to explore the power of art to unite multiple cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

The exhibition is in partnership with N.E.S.T Create, a branch of North East Solidarity and Teaching, a NUSU Go Volunteer project.

The Create project draws on diverse cultural art, ranging from Islamic calligraphy to German 1940s refugee art. The exhibition will be curated in multiple languages, celebrating the multicultural nature of the community.

N.E.S.T Create runs weekly sessions which use artistic activities to form a welcoming space for asylum seekers and refugees to improve their English conversation skills. It is one of the many branches of the wider award-winning N.E.S.T project which supports over 250 members of the forced migration community with a volunteer base of over 400 Newcastle University students. Highly commended at the 2018 Times Higher Education awards, N.E.S.T aims to educate and empower the refugee and asylum seeker community in the region. For more information visit N.E.S.T on Facebook.

Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery is known for its own work with asylum seekers and refugees, particularly exemplified by the 2016 Home and Belonging project in which Hatton staff worked with asylum seekers and refugees to explore issues around belonging, creativity, and culture within and beyond the migration experience using multiple artistic methods. Read more about the Home & Belonging project.