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markmaking 15-22 June 2019 Refugee Week Exhibition, City Arts (Nottingham)


Join us for the launch of 'markmaking' - 7pm, 15 June 2019 at City Arts - with music from Ex-friendly.

When we create art we make a mark on a surface. When we arrive in a new place we make a mark on a community. For our Nottingham Refugee Week exhibition artists have been invited to showcase work reflecting on what it is to be a refugee.



Global Village explores the changing roles, rituals and responsibilities of women from around the world. Global Sistaz United have worked with Sara Gaynor Photography to capture their histories through a body of portrait and still life photographic works. During this process the group have connected with women who live and work within the local neighbourhood of St. Ann’s to identify the differences and commonalities that run between them.

Global Village was produced by Backlit Gallery as part of Familiar Machines (8th March – 26th May 2019) and was supported by Near Neighbours East Midlands.


Young adults from Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum have been working with poet Ben Norris. Together, they’ve created a collection of poems sharing their stories and experiences. Their words are accompanied by photos that document the project, taken by Ben Harriot.

Ben Norris led this project as part of a residency for Inspire Arts.


Every year, as part of the Bulwell Arts Festival, all seven schools in the district contribute to ‘the Book of Ours’. The book grows every year, incorporating words and pictures from schoolchildren. This year the children took their inspiration from Kate Milner’s illustrated story book, ‘My Name is Not Refugee’. They worked with storyteller Nikki Rafferty and artist Rachel Scanlon to create new pages from the book, a project encouraging positive social bonds and healthy relationships through the development of empathy and emotional literacy.


For ages 18+. Wheelchair accessible. Hearing loop available. Gender neutral & accessible toilets.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.