Mouth of a Shark

Date: 18 October - 5 January 2020

Time: Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm

Price: Free

CLOSED 23 to 26 December 2019 & 30 December to 02 January 2020

Gallery 2, Castle Mills, Edinburgh Printmakers
by Angela Gilmour, Fiona Kelly, David Lilburn & Anna York

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”
British Somali poet Warsan Shire.

Artists from Edinburgh Printmakers and Cork Printmakers come together to share reflections and responses to Shire’s rallying call for refugees and their advocates, creating a new exhibition which explores humanity, and questions of what unites and divides us through their work.

New figures from UNHCR show a record 70.8 million displaced people in the world – more than the population of the UK. Around 44,400 people leave their homes every day – driven to the unknown by fear, persecution, economics and the simple need to escape – and drawn by hope for a better future for themselves and their families. 

This exhibition explores the concepts of home and displacement with artists selected through an open call exhibited in both Edinburgh and Cork.

The Mouth of a Shark is part of a Scotland/Europe programme supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland which is enabling Edinburgh Printmakers to develop new partnerships with studios across Europe including in Amsterdam and Odense in Denmark.

We are working towards a programme of ‘Studios of Sanctuary’ for refugee and migrant artists – showcasing their work and exploring the personal stories behind the world’s refugee crisis and Europe’s responses to the global tragedy unfolding on its doorstep.

Photo credit - Angela Gilmour - Foreboding Shores, 2019