Home and Belonging

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Artworks created by refugees and asylum seekers

Home & Belonging


Until 2 July 2017 (historic exhibition)


A display of artworks created by refugees and asylum seekers who have taken part in the Hatton Gallery Home and Belonging’ project.

The work has been created by participants are from Afghanistan, Iraq ,Pakistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Eritrea, Congo, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Syria, and includes film, photography, textiles and personal objects that tell stories of people’s experiences.

The project has been inspired by Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn Wall, a 20th century artwork housed at the Hatton Gallery. Schwitters fled his home country of Germany during WW2, eventually seeking refuge in the UK. He settled in Ambleside, Cumbria, where in the face of great adversity he continued to create art.

This exhibition tells the continuing story of migration in a challenging world and the importance of history, art and creativity in documenting and sharing the experiences of people living in the North East today.