“Share My Table” art project launched by The Scottish Refugee Council
The Scottish Refugee Council launched a new arts project, Share My Table, in Glasgow on February 20th.
Scottish performance artist Catrin Evans and visual artist Elena Mary Harris lead the new project, which brings together refugees, asylum seekers, and local Scots in a series of creative workshops.
Deborah May, project coordinator from the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “Share My Table is a platform for refugees and asylum seekers to share their stories and thoughts generally and discuss the way that media has portrayed refugees and asylum seekers.
“We want to show solidarity with these people who are suffering from isolation and help them feel integrated in Glasgow,” she added. “The project’s idea is kind of using the space of the table, sharing cuisines and cultures from different countries.”
The project runs every Monday from February until November 2017 in Tramway art gallery in Glasgow. Additionally, the project will organise trips to Glasgow’s museums, theatres, and galleries, providing refugees and asylum seekers with an exploration of Scottish culture.
Participants are set to gain skills in visual art, performance, storytelling, researching and writing.
“It is very much about participants. The workshops will continue, depending on what the participants want to do and what skills they want to learn,” Evans said.
“We want participants to explore and showcase their creativity,” she added.
During the first workshop, which took place on Monday, February 20th, about 40 people from all over the world came together to participate in the event. The project included a compilation of articles about refugees and asylum seekers, which made up a large piece of artwork, constructed by the transferral of newspapers onto a sizeable canvas.
Harris went on to express the project’s intentions: “[It] supports people with different language barriers to express their opinions and ideas that are really missed in the mainstream media around migration at the moment.
“It gives them the opportunity to be the maker of the story, rather than being the subject, and show their voice through art,” she added.