Art events

10 events for art lovers

There are so many fantastic events for art lovers at Refugee Festival Scotland. Here are ten shows, workshop and exhibitions you won’t want to miss:

1. Letters of Hope

We’re really looking forward to this open-air exhibition and walking trail in Glasgow’s Queens Park, which runs throughout the festival. Pick up a trail map from MILK Café and set off on a self-guided a journey to discover decorated letters and postcards celebrating people, places and acts of kindness. Read more…

2. Handmade Stories

Join refugees and migrants who have settled in Edinburgh for a morning of workshops, fashion and creative eco-arts. Browse the exhibition, treat yourself at the stalls, have a go at upcycled crafts, or breathe new life into your favourite outfit at the clothing repair shop. Read more…

3. Create, Share, Connect

GOMA Youth Group are inviting young people from refugee backgrounds to join them for a special workshop. Explore art on display in the museum and get creative by sharing stories and experiences through collage. Read more…

4. Sharing Stories

Over in Dundee, this exhibition celebrates the creative skills of the ScrapAntics Family Club. Browse some amazing textile art, inspired by nature and have a go at some family-friendly fabric-based art activities. Read more…

5. Memories of Elsewhere

This interactive exhibition brings together a collection of artefacts that tell the story of displacement through the eyes of the Iranian community in Scotland. The work, co-created by migrants and refugees from the local community in Glasgow, explores traditional tapestry, music and ceramic techniques with a contemporary approach. Read more…

6. One Millie, All Nations

A collection of Millie dolls, hand-sewn by members of Sewing2gether All Nations, forms the centrepiece of an exciting series of events celebrating the rich textile history of Paisley and the New Scots that have settled here. These fabric creations are a tea towel tribute to textile workers from around the world. They capture the legacy of grandmothers, mothers and sisters who have passed their sewing skills down from generation to generation. Read more…

7. Our stories are connected

Inspired by the surrealist parlour game, ‘Exquisite Corps’, the refugee art group from Central and West Integration Network worked together to create this unique exhibition. Each artist created their own part of a larger, collaborative drawing. While working on their section of the drawing, artists could only see two inches of another group member’s work. They continued the other person’s drawing without seeing it fully. The end results will be revealed in full for the first time at this event. Read more…

8. Alternative Tracks

Head over to Edinburgh Printmakers to feast your eyes on Alternative Tracks, a large textile artwork created by refugee groups in the city. Facilitated by Distanced Assemblage and developed in partnership with The Welcoming, groups produced a collection of printed textile panels responding to the theme of ‘belonging’. Read more…

9. Pedal Power: Volunteer Portraits

Pop into the Glad Café in Glasgow’s Southside any time during the festival to catch this photography exhibition, featuring portraits of Bikes For Refugees volunteers. Come face to face with lifelong Glaswegians and New Scots, mechanics, artists, weans and greying ‘bike wizards’. Read more…

10. From Other Spaces

Non Place Collective and Mousa Alnana present a pop up exhibition of work by artists from refugee backgrounds. From Other Spaces will be on display in the studio window on Bain Street in Glasgow throughout the festival. A live performance will also take place between 6-9pm on Sunday, 19 June. Read more…

Take a look at the full programme of events here