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'Migration Blankets' tell refugees' stories

Words by Abi Scaife

An art project detailing the lives of refugees has been unveiled for Refugee Week.

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The Migration Blanket is an art exhibition created by refugees and asylum seekers with the help of International Award winning artist, Salma Zulfiqar. The exhibition is headlining at the Solihull Welcomes Week to celebrate Refugee Week.

What will I see there?

Nearly 100 male asylum seekers and refugees in Solihull contributed to the exhibition through workshops hosted by ART Connects, an initiative headed by Salma herself.

The exhibition comprises a number of ‘Migration Blankets’, detailing each person’s story as a refugee. The blankets allowed them to express feelings about their homeland and future, improve their mental health and learn about life in the U.K.

Educational artwork and films from The Migration Blanket project were exhibited during the Venice Biennale 2019/2022, London, Birmingham, Manchester, and in venues across Europe, Asia and The Middle East.

You can see the Migration Blankets exhibition by heading to the Solihull Welcomes Week.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The RNLI. The RNLI is a charity saving lives at sea through lifeboat search and rescue, lifeguards, water safety education and flood rescue. Find out more here

Migrant Help. Is a charity supporting those affected by displacement and exploitation. Support them here.

Refugee Action. This charity helps refugees build safe, hopeful and productive new lives in the UK. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs