Our latest display shines a new light on works from the Gallery's Collection and seeks to question the nature of migration from the 17th century to today. Journeys has been co-curated by a group of Community Curators, with personal experiences of migration hailing from all over the world.
The display will be shaped around the personal and diverse stories of the curators; aged between 29 and 69, whose combined heritage spans eight countries including Yemen, Sri Lanka, Italy, Pakistan and Ireland. It will examine the contemporary relevance of paintings by artists such as Poussin, Canaletto, Pynacker and van de Velde, revealing the importance of migration in enabling a dynamic, cultural exchange of ideas.
This ambitious project combines a new animation commission, a programme of events (still to be announced) and training opportunities. The final week of the display will coincide with Refugee Week (15–21 June 2020), a UK-wide programme of events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK.
Listen to New Grounding, a piece produced by spoken word Artist Akila M Richards working in collaboration with the Community Curators, that responds to the theme of Journeys of Migration.
Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund