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Monday 15 June 2020 - Sunday 21 June 2020

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Sunderland Culture and Arts Council Collection






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The Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Throughout 2019-2022, Sunderland Culture have been selected to present exhibitions, projects and creative learning opportunities drawn from Arts Council Collection.

As part of this week’s Refugee Week 2020, Jon Weston (Exhibitions Officer at Sunderland Culture) has selected Imran Perretta’s film 15 days from the Arts Council Collection which explores the refugee crisis through personal accounts.

Imran Perretta’s film 15 days combines compelling filmed footage and personal accounts from a former resident of ‘the jungle’ an infamous refugee camp (January 2015 – October 2016) setup near Calais, France during the peak of the migrant crisis in Europe. The film focuses on the period after the camp was demolished in October 2016 leaving thousands sleeping rough in the nearby surrounding woodlands.

The theme for this year’s Refugee Week 2020 (15-21 June) is Imagine, to place ourselves in the position of others. 15 days is particularly striking during this time when we are all more conscious of facing uncertainty and threat in our lives offering up a stark comparison to people facing these concerns daily on a much greater scale.

Imran Perretta, 15 days (still), 2018. Courtesy Jerwood:FVU Awards. © Imran Perretta