Thirty-Six Pounds and Ninety-Five Pence: Artworks by Contemporary Migrant Artists

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Event details

Event date: 
13 June 2017
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Event duration: 
Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm. On Saturday and Sunday we’re open 11am – 5pm.
Type of event: 
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum
108a Boundary Road


Ticket availability: 
Unlimited places - just turn up

About the event

Ben Uri proudly presents this free exhibition by the members of New Art Studio, a therapeutic art community for asylum seekers and refugees.

Contrary to public belief, asylum seekers are not allowed to work and receive just £36.95 a week in vouchers to live on.

This group of artists has suffered the untold horrors of political violence and war, having lost family and friends, their cultures, languages, homes and identities. They now face the challenges of building a new life in an often hostile environment, their £36.95 worth of vouchers creating complicated and intimidating barriers to buying everyday basics. Many have waited up to 10 years for their cases to be processed, living from day to day in a limbo state of uncertainty.

The paintings in this exhibition, by turns sublime and extraordinary, reflect the resilience and sensitivity of the migrant’s story: one of loss and hope.

New Art Studio is managed by two Art Psychotherapists, Tania Kaczynski and Jon Martyn. It embraces the power of art making as a vehicle for recovery, where asylum seekers, refugees and artists can turn base metal into gold.


Ben Uri Gallery & Museum
Edward Dickenson
020 7604 3991


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