Write to Refuge: Exhibition and Reception

Organised by

Oxfam Ireland

www.oxfamireland.org/getinvolved/righttorefuge

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Bangor’s Carnegie Library will this month host Write to Refuge – an Oxfam Ireland photo exhibition with specially commissioned written pieces highlighting the lives of displaced people and refugees.

The exhibition runs at the library from 1st of June to 30th of June, as part of a tour of Northern Ireland in conjunction with Libraries NI.

A special reception event in Bangor Library will take place on Thursday 15th June at 7pm, with refreshments.  All are welcome, and admission is free. The event will focus on Oxfam’s work supporting people from around the world who have been forced to flee their homes, and is timed to look ahead to World Refugee Day the following week (20th June).

More than 20 authors from Ireland, north and south, have contributed to the exhibiiton by writing a piece inspired by a single image from one of the affective countries.

Organiser Christine McCartney, Oxfam Ireland’s Campaigns and Advocacy Executive, said: “Ultimately it’s not about refugees – it is about people. Everyone pictured in the exhibition shares a story with the same beginning: a desperate flight from their homes with only the clothes on their backs as belongings. And their rights are in crisis.  Our photo exhibition aims to deliver a creative response to the refugee crisis and offers a unique way of understanding the plight of those forced to flee. The event explores the experience of these vulnerable people, with exclusively written short stories and poems by local authors alongside the visually striking and evocative portraits.”