Many refugees and asylum seekers who end up in Nottingham come here from a completely different background - often from rural cultures. They are met here in the UK by a hostile immigration system, and media stereotyping. We felt that the project provided an opportunity to share many things: the knowledge and experiences people bring with them; a celebration of growing food and connection to the land; and the creative energy of bringing diverse groups together.
The three allotment-based events were very positive and creative days, out of which came many surprises, some beautiful artwork, new connections, and lots of laughter.
Throughout the development of the project we talked to people to gain a deeper understanding of the places they’d left behind, and the realities of life for refugees. These conversations revealed joyful memories as well as hardships and horrors.
The exhibition aims to give a wider picture of agriculture and migration, providing a background to the artwork.