Scottish Refugee Council presents
Thu 4 - Sun 21 Jun 2015 | Exhibition: Daily, 10am - 10pm | Launch event: Thursday 4th, 6.30pm - 8pm | Free
A programme of visual art by Iranian refugee artists living in Scotland that explores a central theme of ‘being human’ and how the refugee experience has influenced their practice. Featuring exhibitions by Iman Tajik and Paria Goodarzi.
Join us for the launch of Being Human on Thursday 4 June, 6.30-8pm, featuring live performances from Iranian rappers, keynote speeches from the artists, a showcase of contemporary Iranian fashion design by Dina Abdood and dance from Maryhill Integration Network and Albscott.
Part of Refugee Festival Scotland, produced by Scottish Refugee Council – helping refugees re-build their lives in Scotland for 30 years.
Human Just Like You
by Iman Tajik
A powerful and engaging installation of photographic portraits of asylum seekers living in Glasgow.
by Iman Tajik
An exhibition of photographic portraits highlighting the emotional journey of Iranian refugees as they attempt to rebuild their lives in Scotland.
Born in Tehran and living in Scotland for two years, multi-award winning photographer Iman Tajik is currently studying Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art.
by Paria Goodarzi
An exhibition of seven batik textile works. Each art work incorporates an ancient Iranian symbol, simplified and condensed to reflect the constraints imposed during certain periods in Iran and married with the artist’s own personal experiences and cultural influences.
Passionate about colour and textiles, Paria Goodarzi has a BA in Art and Design and has exhibited her work in various locations in Tehran. She is currently studying Textiles at Glasgow’s Cardonald College. This is her first exhibition in Scotland.
The Arches (Iranian) Café Bar Take-over
The Arches transform their Café Bar menu with a selection of dishes inspired by Iranian recipes and culture to complement the exhibitions.
Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual celebration of the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland and the welcome offered by local people. Packed with music, art, film, performance, community led family events and more, the festival celebrates the richness and vibrancy of Scotland’s communities.
Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, the festival plays a crucial role in raising awareness of refugee experiences and helping people rebuild their lives in Scotland.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”