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Type Free displays
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Tuesday 11 June to Friday 28 June | 10am-5pm
Prices Free

Come and see a free art display at the National Maritime Museum to mark Refugee Week.

Centred around the theme, 'Our Home', the artwork was created by English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students from Lewisham College who have experienced migration.

The installation can be seen in the Rethink space, located on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum.

A person stands in front of a colourful artwork, their hands covering their face

About the display

This thought-provoking display is the result of a creative collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and Lewisham College.

Tutor Rebecca Galbraith and artist Michelle Butcher worked closely with the students to uncover what ‘home’ meant to them; whether it was a place, a person, a smell, a sound, a feeling or a taste. 

Students also learnt how to make their own pinhole cameras from drinks cans with photographer Arek Golosz. They used these to create self-portraits, thinking about self as home. The portraits were transferred on to clear acetate sheets, representing the transience of their experience, along with text that tells stories of their journeys and dislocation.

Together the artworks create a shared emotional understanding between the young people as they rebuild their lives in south-east London.

A black and white drawing of a person with red speech bubbles

I am a migrant myself so can relate to this theme. Our home depends on our definition of ‘home’. It’s a process and a journey like photography. Using simple pinhole cameras taught us that a camera is just a tool and photography is a language when a spoken language can be a barrier...

Photographer Arek Golosz

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