Back Where You Came From

27 February 2019

An art exhibition exploring what it means to be forced to flee your home and seek sanctuary in a foreign land goes on display in Wakefield Cathedral throughout the whole of March.

Back Where You Came From is an exhibition that tells the story of eight asylum seekers who found themselves in Yorkshire after being made forcibly homeless.

The artists have used as their inspiration the Bible stories of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Jacob and their families’ involuntary migration as told in Genesis, to create monoprints and ceramics.

University of Sheffield academic Dr Casey Strine and artist/art therapist Emilie Taylor worked with the asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield to create this art exhibition which reflects their experiences of seeking sanctuary in the city.

It goes on display in Wakefield Cathedral from March 5th and this exhibition is part of the cathedral’s plans this year to help people think about identity and what that means in this current political context.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said: “We live in anxious times and I want Wakefield Cathedral to be a place where people can understand something about themselves and about others, and a place which enables them to test their sense of identity in a kind and supportive arena.

“And I want to join in the exploration of art that’s such an important facet of our life here in this city and region, and to think about its place in the cathedral.”

Back Where You Came From is the first in a series of events exploring identity – later in May, Wakefield Cathedral will host local artist Tony Wade’s Boundary no Boundary exhibition, which charts his exploration (on foot) of the Wakefield District boundary.

Back Where You Came From exhibition opens in Wakefield Cathedral on March 5th and runs until 29th and will be open for Artwalk on Wednesday 27 March.--

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