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Refugee Week 2024

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Refugee Week 2024

Taking place 17 to 23 June, the theme for this year is 'Our Home', and encourages everyone to explore what Our Home means to them. Our Programme this year will be held at Newcastle University, Dance City and ARC Stockton. We're excited to share what we have been creating with a group with lived refugee experience at St Peter's Church, our Freeflow Creativity Cafe, WERS (West End Refugee Service), and Skimstone Arts associate artists Shaho Omar, bringing together a collaborative and diverse programme for Refugee Week 2024.  

 
 
 Friday 21st June  Newcastle University
XL Gallery, Fine Art Building (King Edward VII Building) NE1 7RU 
Directions: the gallery is accessed by taking the side entrance to the Fine Art Building, up the steps just through the central campus arches - found at Number 29 on the campus map.
Shirley and the gang
Live music performance at 11:30am and 12pm


Shirley and the gang are a music band of hopeful refugees who love to play music and meet with Skimstone Arts at St Peter’s Church on Wednesdays. Together we make songs about what hopes and choices we have in life….or not. "Life is not Rwanda, life is to hope for a good situation where we can work and be reunited with our families. Life is no more war and to live in peace. Hope is to find peace in UK."

 
Temporal;Visitations;Dwelling Place Exhibition
Meet the Photographer 1pm


Photographer/artist Shaho Omar has documented his own and others  temporary experiences of having to navigate what is ‘home’. He has personally had to move three times in one year and continues to live in fear of being transferred again somewhere else unknown to him. “Someone else decides about your life, your psychological and emotional stability and where you live.” This commissioned exhibition is a collection of photographic images of temporary residences, briefly or sometimes more permanently inhabited, reflecting his own narrative, alongside other asylum seekers and refugees in the North East. 

 

 

 With Windows Open Wide 
Audio recordings and installation 


Skimstone Arts’ Freeflow Creativity Cafe’s brought together a wonderful diversity of people, including residents in Newcastle and those with lived refugee experience. Together we collaborated and co created a range of poetry about the theme of HOME, which was then recorded at Blank Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne. One collective poem from Freeflow was made into a stand alone artwork using Letterpress with Northern Print.

 

 

 

Dance City Friday 21st June Directions: the gallery is accessed by taking the side entrance to the Fine Art Building, up the steps just through the central campus arches - found at Number 29 on the campus map.
Music workshop 2.30-3.30pm, followed by a performance afterwards

Members of WERS  (West End Refugee Service) will be joining us to create a unique music/ sound piece within the hour and perform it at the end of the workshop.

Inspired by the theme of Home we will explore how percussive sounds and voices convey a sense of deep connection that we feel about home and the journey to find this in a new place.

Saturday 22nd June 2024 ARC Stockton 
Dovecot St, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL 
 
Shirley and the gang Live performance at ARC Stockton 12:45pm.

 

If you miss Shirley and the gang perform on the 21st they will be performing at ARC Stockton 22nd June at 12:45, providing another opportunity for audiences to hear songs about what hopes and choices we have in life….or not. This will be Act 1 of ARC Stockton's refugee week event. 

 

 

 

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