Making Home: expressions of belonging

Making Home exhibition

This online exhibition showcases artwork created by families in Dundee. Their colourful creations, reflecting on the idea of  ‘home’, celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures in the region.

Families met on Zoom for weekly art sessions, delivered in partnership with Scrap Antics and Infinite Sky Murals. We caught up with Community Engagement Worker, Neil Crutchley to find out more.

Being creative can help us to rethink how we feel about the world. This exhibition is an opportunity for many more people to view the amazing creative talents of Scottish and New Scots families in Dundee. Parents and children, aged between 4 and 12, made these artworks together.

Making Home 2Everyone meet weekly on Zoom and many new skills were learnt from magnet making, basket weaving and rock painting to origami and video making. The work on display includes collages made using recycled materials, digital family portraits and photographs. Families were invited to discuss what home means to them and create imagery and text inspired by their thoughts.

New friendships have been made with families deciding that the last few sessions should be in person instead of online. They felt that it was important to celebrate the project and that coming together to create work for Refugee Festival Scotland would be a positive way to finish.

This is the first time that Infinite Sky and Scrap Antics have taken part in the festival and we hope that everyone has lots of fun! The artists involved believe passionately in social justice, reducing inequalities and promoting a sustainable future. The festival is an opportunity for the wider community to find out about the skills and talents of refugees and New Scots, beyond the immediate and often unreliable headlines.

It’s important that individuals and groups who can be marginalised in different ways by society are recognised for the contribution they make to our communities. Refugee Festival Scotland helps to dispel myths and provides a platform for organisations large or small to promote their work. It is an exciting way for people to come together, discover new ideas and inspirations and celebrate the diverse communities and cultures across Scotland.

Making Home runs until 20 June – you can view the online exhibition here.

New outdoor creative family activities are being planned for later this summer. These will take place on the beach and in different green spaces across Dundee. To find out more, contact Neil at neil.crutchley@hotmail.com.