New exhibition in tribute to Refugee Week  - The Coventry Observer

New exhibition in tribute to Refugee Week 

Holly Clement 25th Jun, 2024   0

HERBERT Art Gallery and Museum new Voices Unveiled exhibition has opened in tribute to Refugee Week, showcasing stories of refugee women who have made the UK their home.

The exhibition aims to foster empathy and compassion for those who have faced challenged in starting a new life in another country through evocative images and narratives.

Oscar, who is the creative force of the exhibtion drew inspiration from his own experience growing up in a refugee family.

Quoting Malala Yousafzai, he said: “A home is where you feel loved, safe and cherished.

“For me, home has been anywhere I find safety, acceptance, and belonging.

“Most of my life has not been my choosing. I was born into a refugee family, and my home country was not my native motherland.

“This year’s theme for Refugee Week is ‘Our Home.’

“My goal with this exhibition is to help us all to extend grace, compassion, and love towards those among us who are trying to find home in a foreign land.”

Each portrait is accompanied by the story of the woman featured, capturing the human spirit’s capacity for endurance and hope.

Indy Donald, community engagement coordinator at the Herbert, said: “We’re really proud and excited to be welcoming this important collection to our venue.

“This exhibition is part of my aim to amplify the voices of Coventry, a City of Sanctuary.

“Ensuring representation of the city’s diversity remains at the core of the Herbert’s community engagement efforts.

“Additionally, Oscar’s collaboration with community groups has empowered individuals to tell their stories of home.

“While celebrating Refugee Week, Voices Unveiled serves as a reminder that Refugee Week extends throughout the year, highlighting the many contributions that migrants make to the cities they now call home.”

The exhibition will run at the Herbert until June 29 before relocating to the Chapel of Unity at the Cathedral from July 1 -7.


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