Material Stories of Migration began in 2015 as a series of multimedia workshops that used poetry, painting, music and film to explore journeys to Sheffield and the relationships that asylum seekers and refugees have woven with the city. Participants and undergraduate students worked collaboratively with artists from Arts on the Run, a network that promotes cultural diversity in the arts. The workshops developed creative approaches to displacement and cultural difference as participants created pieces inspired by objects (real or imagined) that had resonance for them, either as reminders of home or markers of their arrival in and familiarity with Sheffield. These were exhibited in at the University July 2015 along with a short film made by the students. The exhibition also migrated to Conversation Club for an afternoon and we will be including some of the artwork that asylum seekers make there each Friday in our archive.
There was a chance to reflect upon Material Stories as part of the ‘Conversation and Performance’ session at the Northern Postcolonial Network’s conference on Human Rights on 2nd July 2015. http://northernpostcolonialnetwork.com
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