Refugee Week: Visual arts exhibitions

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These free exhibitions are part of Refugee Week 2023.

Refugee Week


Until 25 June 2023 (historic exhibition)


Enjoy a range of work created by and with refugees and asylum seekers. Exhibitions include Underneath, Within, Beyond and Where Do You Sit? There is also a sound installation in the red brick arches next to Hatton Gallery.  

Underneath, Within, Beyond
Inspired by the underneath and often hidden parts of plants at Preston Park Museum's Winter Gardens and our own stories and dreams, Underneath, Within, Beyond is an exhibition of prints that celebrates the beauty of growth. This exhibition and film has been created by Skimstone Arts' The Sun & The Soul company made up of people with lived refugee experience living in Stockton and Sunderland and premiered at Preston Park Museum and Gardens, Stockton on Tees as part of Skimstone Arts national UNITY Festival 2023.

Where Do You Sit? 
Where Do You Sit? features portraits of ordinary people who have shared extraordinary stories or co-created poems and lyrics responding to the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day captured by Associate Artists Shahor Omar and Ako Ismail (with lived refugee experience) and Skimstone Arts’ Artistic Director Claire Webster Saaremets and premiered as part of Newcastle’s programme for national Holocaust Memorial Day events in January 2023.

Headliners Photography Exhibition
This photography exhibition created by Headliners showcases the creative work of young people from Newcastle and North Tyneside including refugees, asylum seekers, those who are Care-experienced, and those with special educational needs.

Building Bridges Exhibition
The group is made up of Fine Art students and Sanctuary Seekers in the North East. At weekly sessions in the Hatton Gallery Learning Space the group come together to make visual art and build new relationships. The group co-creates art projects that incorporate drawing, printing and painting.

Sanctuaries of Sound
In the atmospheric red brick Arches (just outside the Hatton Gallery), a collaborative sound installation made by The Resonators - a collective of people with lived refugee experience, with West End Refugee Service, Skimstone Arts’ Claire Webster Saaramets' and artist Martin Heslop. Together they have been exploring the urban and natural soundscape of Newcastle, listening, field-recording and writing, to collectively compose this immersive piece. 

These free exhibitions in association with Newcastle University and Skimstone Arts are part of Refugee Week 2023 and are specifically aimed at migrants and displaced persons.