My dream?:  Refugee Week Art Exhibition, 18-23 June 2018

Capital of Cycling, Hall Ings  BD1 5SDRefugee Week logo

This year the theme for the Refugee Week Art Exhibition is My dream?  This will be an all-age, mixed media exhibition, with individual and collaborative work from schools, art students, established artists and groups of all kinds.

The exhibition theme can be interpreted in any way you wish.  It could be one person’s dream for their own life, or wider hopes for a better world, in which people do not have to flee from home and claim sanctuary in another country.

The venue Capital of Cycling is right in the heart of the city.  There is a big space to fill, so we need a lot of artwork.  Larger installations would be especially welcome.  There is no selection process.  All work submitted is exhibited.

If you are interested in submitting work and would like to talk it through, please get in touch with Mary Blacka, Bradford City of Sanctuary, on [email protected] or 07415 307389.  You can download the exhibition registration form here Exhibits Registration form 2018

Our shared future:  Refugee Week Art Exhibition, 2017

The theme for the 2017 exhibition, in Gallery II, University of Bradford, was Our shared future. 

The exhibits were shown to advantage by professional installation and lighting.

Michelle Wren’s take on a border post put to better use. Michelle has donated this picture to Refugee Action, Bradford.

Visitors’ comments:

I love the range of exhibits. Great to see all members of the community getting involved.

Brilliant exhibition. I loved the Rozali Abou Chakra collages – very moving. Also the primary school work.

Many inspiring works. Both artistic and written. The poems by children at Horton [Park] Primary school were very deep and moving.

Moved and inspired. Children seem to see things more clearly than we adults.

Brilliant. Thank you. Inspirational. Well curated!!



Independent work by Year 10 students at St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College


Jax Griffin created a series of photographs, illustrating, over the course a month, what asylum seekers can buy with their weekly allowance.

We are grateful to all the staff at Gallery II and to those who lent their work.  For a full list of 2017 exhibitors, click  here:  List of exhibitors   To see the exhibition flyer, based on Ruth Fettis’ lino cut Flight, click here:  Exhibition flyer, 2017

Contact Mary Blacka at [email protected] or on 07415 307389.