How much is a postage stamp worth? The value is printed on the front face but rare stamps can be worth much more than the amount shown; this amount is known as the “Face Value”. This has become a phrase in the English language - to take somebody at Face Value means to accept them just as they appear.
The faces on these walls are of local people who have provided a welcome relief and a welcome beyond belief to people who sought sanctuary in the Tees Valley.
At Face Value these “philatelist” portraits celebrate those who have given sanctuary to people in great need but underlying that is a far greater value; Each portrait is surrounded by words and images created by those who became asylum seekers or refugees. Through a series of printmaking workshops they were able to create linocuts as a way to symbolise elements of their own stories and experiences.
Created by local artist Suzie Devey and people welcomed by Justice First, Cultures CIC, British Red Cross, Methodist Asylum Project, Open Door North East, North East Refugee Service, St Patrick Catholic Church Thornaby, Stockton Baptist Church and Stockton Parish Church.
This project was made possible with funding via Arts Council England and the artist gratefully acknowledges that support.