Refugee Series No. 2 ceramic by Paul Scott.

Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour

We programmed one of the touring exhibitions of this extraordinary collection of 12 internationally renowned artists as part of the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour. The exhibitions were hosted at the Bowlees Visitor Centre, the Witham Gallery, Barnard Castle and St Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope in November 2018.

We took along some members of our refugee community to the exhibition at St Thomas’ Church Hall  where they also had the opportunity to work with a creative practioner to make their own artwork using Syrian patterns and imagery.  Some of the refugees were also interviewed for another Northern Heartlands’ podcast project: “10 Words for a Northern Landscape” – listen to the podcast here: “Exile”

 In addition to hosting the exhibition, St Thomas Church Hall and The Witham Hall also received funding through our Community Initiative Fund for their own projects centred around Craft + Conflict featuring workshops in schools and for community members.  Read more about these projects here:

The Witham Hall
St Thomas Church Hall

In total, this project involved 177 participants and reached an audience of over 770.