Saturday 12 June 2021 - Sunday 20 June 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
City Arts Window
A Place to Belong
Refugee Roots welcomes all, helping those in need find a place to belong. This exhibition celebrates the midpoint in Refugee Roots Arts Council funded project Access Arts, and showcases 20 weeks of our participants’ artwork made at home during a national lockdown. Our lead artist Ant Sacco posted 88 art packs to 46 participants, and delivered sessions online, with instruction sheets and video recordings. We explored watercolour, weaving and wellbeing together to keep connected with some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our community. Our participants have gained creative skills, confidence and made friends. We will continue to deliver weekly workshops throughout this year and engage with a blended approach through moving to meeting as an art group when we can.
Refugee Roots helps asylum seekers and refugees build relationships and navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK. Launched in 2001 as The Rainbow Project, Refugee Roots welcomes everyone, valuing each person and their culture, embracing equality and diversity while empowering and supporting those that need it most. We offer a range of empowerment initiatives including befriending, accompanying asylum seekers to appointments, information, advice and guidance, as well as supportive groups including the art group.
“When I first came here I didn’t have anything to do. I was just trying to survive with my thoughts. Doing art was really helpful” - Participant