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City Arts’ has long track record of working with diverse communities including refugee and new arrival groups. For the past 3 years, in partnership with Long Journey Home Nottingham, we have supported regionally-based artists in our Artists in Exile Project and engaged participants from many countries including, Iraq, Kurdistan, Angola, Iran, Zimbabwe, Yemen and Burundi, through studio space, events, facilitation of community workshops, exhibitions, training and employment.
During a series of workshops with community groups in August and September 2012, the artists developed collaborative work that culminated in a new performance piece that explored combined artforms consisting of performance, poetry and photography. This work built upon that of our acclaimed international performance showcase Solo Art, Solo Heart (2009 and 2011), through which we have fostered local and international collaborations and engaged minority communities.
City Arts would like to thank all of the artists and participants that have contributed to this programme of work, without which the work would not have been possible. The final performance was showcased in September at Nottingham Contemporary by Sooree Pillay, Sara Omar, Shaxawan Hama, and Oliver Warrington.