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 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).
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