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Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 7 September - 1 October 2016

Summary:
Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping is an exhibition of artwork produced by male asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in Wolverhampton. Working at Wolverhampton Art Gallery with artist Ben Sadler, the artworks were produced as part of This Way Up, a creative wellbeing project by Creative Health CIC.

Project Information

Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping is an exhibition of artwork produced by male asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in Wolverhampton.

Working at Wolverhampton Art Gallery with artist Ben Sadler, the artworks were produced as part of This Way Up, a creative wellbeing project by Creative Health CIC, for people living in Wolverhampton. Using drawing as a foundation, participants learned new skills, techniques and approaches, developing their own work, ideas and creative interests. Some people can dream even if they are not sleeping provides a platform for showcasing the achievements of those involved, and for sharing their stories, experiences and reflections on home.

Participants were recruited through the Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC). RMC assists asylum seekers, refugees and migrants through crisis and disadvantage, by removing barriers to their integration and enabling them to become equal citizens. Their service covers Wolverhampton, the Black Country area and Birmingham. RMC provides free information, advice and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our society regardless of their immigration status or background.

Tailored to different community groups, This Way Up provides an opportunity to take time away from daily life and participate in a regular artistic activity with other people, led and supported by a professional artist and inspired by gallery collections.

This Way Up has provided a welcoming space in Wolverhampton, using art as a way for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to connect with others and develop cultural interests within the city. It has provided a space for expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas, and an opportunity to take pleasure in the process of making art.

This project is a partnership between the Refugee and Migrant Centre (Wolverhampton & The Black Country), Creative Health (Arts and Health) CIC and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, with Public Health City of Wolverhampton Council.

Opening times:

Monday – Saturday: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DU
Tel: 01902 552055
www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk

Click here to watch the This Way Up film.
Click here to read about individual This Way Up projects.