Migration Project

This project promotes social cohesion and peace in communities at a time when hate is spreading across the world and empowers women through creative expression.

The project consists of art installations and workshops.

Building Peace Through the Oceans© consists of 6 canvasses representing different regions of the world, Africa, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America and Europe and shows the positive contribution migrants have made in each region.

The art installation has already been exhibited in Greece where it was created, in Paris and in Birmingham with a creative workshop on 'Empowering Migrant Women'.

<b>Opening ceremony of Building Peace Through the Oceans on 28 July Library of Birmingham</b><br>Left to Right: Mahroof Hussain  from Tell MAMA, Mallory Carlson from IOM,  Jess Phillips, MP Bham Yardley, Salma Zulfiqar Artist, Tony Morris Lead on Hate Crimes for WM Police, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Yousafzai's father<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> Salma Zulfiqar being interviewed by media<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> MP Jess Phillips addressing the audience at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> MP Jess Phillips & Salma Zulfiqar at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> <i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai being interviewed by media<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> Salma Zulfiqar addressing the audience at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> Salma Zulfiqar addressing the audience at the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Library of Birmingham.<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> MP Jess Phillips and Malala's father led the audience in drawing their thoughts on integration<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> MP Jess Phillips and Malala's father led the audience in drawing their thoughts on integration<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> MP Jess Phillips and Malala's father led the audience in drawing their thoughts on integration<br /><i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> <i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> <i>Photo Credit: Ashley Carr</i> <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Leo Deghati, REZA Visual Academy (L) Salma Zulfiqar, Artist (Centre) Thomas Liebig, Migration Specialist OECD (R) <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Audience <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Audience <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Debate - Thomas <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Debate <b>Galerie du Colombier, Paris</b><br>Visitors Salma Zulfiqar debates migration with teachers on the Greek Island of Kefalonia Teachers visiting the exhibition Building Peace Through the Oceans at the Ionion Centre for Culture and Arts, Kefalonia, Greece Teachers visiting the exhibition Building Peace Through the Oceans at the Ionion Centre for Culture and Arts, Kefalonia, Greece Teachers take part in an art workshop on migration at the Ionion Centre for Culture and Arts, Kefalonia, Greece Teachers take part in an art workshop on migration at the Ionion Centre for Culture and Arts, Kefalonia, Greece

The Migration Blanket© is another art installation created by Salma Zulfiqar with refugee and migrant women in Birmingham . It shows their struggles and hopes and dreams and helped them realise their ambitions in life as well as educate the public on issues affecting refugee and asylum seekers in the UK. This exhibition explores the struggles, hopes and dreams of refugee and migrant women through art.

The Migration Blanket has been exhibited in Birmingham and Manchester and the Venice Biennale 58th International Art Exhibition "May You Live In Interesting Times" 11 May to 24 November 2019

This project has received support from the Arts Council UK & National Lottery Fund, The United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, Celebrating Sanctuary, Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Celebrating Sanctuary, Near Neighbours and the Aziz Foundation.

As part of the project, debates are being held in communities to create better understanding of cultures and tackle racism.

Routes to Peace?

‘Routes to Peace?’ is an artwork created by International Artist and Activist, Salma Zulfiqar, which brings to life the stories of ten refugee women from Syria and Africa. The artwork highlights the dangerous journeys the women made when crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach safety in Europe.

The women’s stories were collected as part of a research project led by Dr Vicki Squire from University of Warwick: Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat.

The research emphasises the importance of recognising the voices and claims of people on the move in debates surrounding migration. The artwork is accompanied by audio recordings of excerpts of the women’s stories.

Learn more about the harrowing journeys made by African and Syrian Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat to Europe (audio clip).


Press release: Warwick research inspires new work by international artist and campaigner


BBC News - Midlands Live: Breaking news and local stories


Platforma - Arts + Refugees Network: Routes to Peace?

ARTconnects workshops are aimed at empowering communities with workshops held in Birmingham, London and Norwich in the UK, Greece, Paris, Dubai and at the Venice Biennale-2019. These unique workshops are led by Salma Zulfiqar and promote women empowerment, cultural connections and work towards preventing hate crimes and extremism.

Statements of support from:
Mr Nazir Afzal O.B.E, former Chief Prosecutor for the North West CPS and former Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Dipti Pardeshi, IOM UK Chief of Mission, UN Migration Agency

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce): CELEBRATING MIGRATION

Salma Zulfiqar FRSA explains the importance of migration and shares her work at the Migration Project.