The plight of child refugees has been the subject of much debate in the UK, but these young people don’t often get the opportunity to speak for themselves. This exhibition provides a platform for unaccompanied young refugees and asylum seekers from countries, including Eritrea, Syria and Sudan, to tell their own stories for Refugee Week.
All of the young people arrived in the UK alone, many travelling from the Calais ‘Jungle’; seeking asylum from war and persecution. Their stories, often emotional and difficult to articulate through words, are expressed through art.
From drawings, paintings, silkscreen prints, sculptures and ceramics – the artworks speak about difficult journeys, nostalgia for home and optimism in their new lives. Above all they highlight the strength and resilience of these young people.