This unique performance will give you a glimpse into the heart of refugee women’s lives. The cast includes asylum seeker women from the Boaz Trust.
The production, put together by Community Arts North West (CAN), takes place on Saturday 15 June. There will be stories of courage, joy and hope, brought to you by women from Greater Manchester’s refugee communities. Directed by Cheryl Martin, the performances will be interactive so come and be prepared to take a leap into the unknown.
There are five showings during the course of the day and tickets are booking fast.
Click here to book or contact the Z Arts box office on 0161 232 6089 or email@example.com
Ticket range: £5.50 – £3.30
There’s a second chance to see the Tracing Presence exhibition featuring paintings of asylum seeking women who have stayed with the Boaz Trust.
Tracing presence is a series of large-scale portraits developed by Manchester based artist Elizabeth Kwant during her time with the Boaz Trust. Elizabeth’s work questions the fragility of existence, at once beautiful yet haunting. Presence and absence coexist in a tenuous relationship, inviting and disquieting, whilst embodying the paradox of life as an asylum seeker in the UK. A pre-determined position, on the outskirts of society, powerlessness, depression, fragility… Dignified? Strong? Beautiful? Present yet unseen, categorised yet unnamed. To be, but to have no voice, having life but waiting to live it.
The exhibition will be at Z-Arts Centre in Hulme, Manchester as part of refugee week.
Opening night is on 6 June at 6pm. There will be an artist talk on 13 June at 6 pm, with the exhibition running until 29 June.
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Mark Cloherty, Boaz Chief Executive, will be speaking at the Urbis Research Forum’s next event on Thursday 28 February at 6pm. There will be talks from researchers and academics on the topic of refuge. All are welcome and entrance is free.
Cities of Refuge
6pm, Thursday, 28 February 2013
113-115, Portland Street
Asylum and refuge are highly contested and often politicised topics. Successive UK governments have promised to “get tough” on immigration which often leads to the targeting of a precarious population of asylum seekers and refugees who are unable to return to their country of nationality. Negative rhetoric, including the term “bogus asylum seeker”, and tactics such as the dispersal and detention of asylum seekers are deployed as a result. This session of the Urbis Research Forum intends to explore these topics from an alternative angle, looking at how activist and faith based organisations respond to the problems faced by asylum seekers and refugees. Bringing together a panel of academics, researchers and activists this session also explores the experience and links between asylum and the city, including Manchester.
Jonathan Darling (University of Manchester)
Mark Cloherty (Boaz Trust)
Mark Rainey (Goldsmiths / Queen Mary)