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Exhibition Opportunity

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”
– Rallying call for refugees and their advocates by British Somali poet Warsan Shire.

In homage to Shire’s rousing poem, Edinburgh Printmakers will support its artist members and members of Cork Printmakers to reflect on refugee and asylum status, culminating in a curated exhibition titled “The Mouth of a Shark” in Gallery 2, Castle Mills, Oct-Dec 2019. This exhibition will be produced in partnership with Cork Printmakers. The open call for proposals will be opened up to members of both studios.

You can submit proposals in response to themes that explore refugee/asylum status and the issues surrounding mass global migration. 

Through this project, we endeavor to give a voice to those silenced by their displaced status. We encourage you to submit work produced during participatory projects, and projects that have engaged with members of the refugee and asylum communities.

Joint proposals and collaborative projects are welcome and multimedia work is encouraged. Successful artists will be required to deliver a demonstration and artist talk to celebrate the launch of their exhibition

You can download the proposal form here.

Proposals will be selected based on the strength of the work submitted, engagement with the theme, and with relevance to the objectives in Edinburgh Printmakers’ Artistic Strategy outlined in the proposal document.

- Deadline for proposals – 10am Monday 12 August 2019
- Successful proposals will be given feedback by 5pm Friday 16 August 2019
- Exhibition Install – 13 – 18 October 2019
- Exhibition Preview – 19 October 2019
- Exhibition dates - 20 October - 22 December 2019 

Further Reading:
Don’t feel sorry for refugees - believe in them TED2017, by Luma Mufleh, founder and director of Fugees Family, a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war 
Listen to Our Voices: What Does it Take to Improve Refugee Participation in Durable Solutions Processes”, by The Danish Refugee Council report
If We're Serious About Integrating Refugees, Let's Take The Radical Step Of Speaking To Refugees Themselves HuffPost, 01/11/18, by Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council
Migration is part of life; instead of fearing it let’s organise it, TEDxThessaloniki 2016, by Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive of Migrants Organise