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About Refugee Week

Refugee Week is an annual event aimed at celebrating asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK through arts, cultural, educational events and activities designed to encourage community participation. 

Refugee Week 2024 will be the 17 to 23 June and the theme this year is "Our Home".

Find out about events taking place throughout the week below.

Home: A Group Art Exhibition

A group exhibition, including work from the Stories & Supper community, alongside photo portraits of the group by photographer Laura Martinez. Plus, work from students at Leyton Sixth Form College exploring the theme of home and belonging.

Collective Artwork Workshop with Tasnim Mahdy.

A group exhibition, including work from the Stories & Supper community, alongside photo portraits of the group by photographer Laura Martinez. Plus, work from students at Leyton Sixth Form College exploring the theme of home and belonging.

Children’s Arts & Crafts, Magic Performance, Henna Artist, and Knitting

Come along to Lea Bridge Library to celebrate with arts and crafts activities for children and families, henna artists and an extraordinary knitting session. Then from 4:30pm, join us for a fabulous family friendly magic show with Jamie Jibberish.

  • 3pm to 5.30pm. 
  • Thursday 20 June.
  • Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, E10 7HU.
  • Free and open to all. 

Refugee Fashion Exhibition and Product Sale

Exhibition and sale of fashion products made by refugees expressing their personal and cultural identity.

  • 6pm to 8pm.
  • Thursday 20 June.
  • Rosetta Arts, 1 Hamilton Road, E15 3AE.
  • Organised by: Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UA. 
  • For more information: f.mazzarella@fashion.arts.ac.uk

The Taste of Home: A Community Feast 

A community feast for refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations and individuals that support them.

Fashioning Stories of Change

To mark this year’s Refugee Week, the ‘Decolonising Fashion and Textiles’ team from Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL are taking over two gallery spaces at the V&A with two interactive performances featuring refugee participants modelling culturally meaningful clothes they created in the project. Come and join us for this celebration of refugees’ craft skills, personal and cultural identities, and stories of positive change, shaped through fashion.
•    2.30pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 6pm. 
•    Thursday 20 June.
•    Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.
•    Organised by: Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL.
•    Free, open to all.
•    For more information: f.mazzarella@fashion.arts.ac.uk 

LifeLine

Artist Lucy Orta invites audiences to dialogue with a series of Lifeline, soft textile objects made from calico fabric that can be manipulated and worn. This participatory action builds on collaborative workshops that explore the lived experiences and challenges that refugees and asylum seekers face on arrival in the UK, as well as the opportunities to rebuild their life in the new place of resettlement.
•    3pm to 5pm. 
•    Thursday 20 June.
•    Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.
•    Organised by: Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL.
•    Free, open to all.
•    For more information: f.mazzarella@fashion.arts.ac.uk 

Making Home: A collaborative embroidery

Join Stories & Supper to contribute to a collaborative embroidery on the theme of home. Add a word, an image or just a stitch to help us reimagine what home means. Plus, enjoy pop-up poetry readings while you sew.
•    11am to 2pm. 
•    Saturday 22 June.
•    William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, London E17 4PP.
•    Organised by: Stories & Supper, William Morris Gallery
•    For more information: helen@storiesandsupper.co.uk