Digital Open Call Exhibition

Back in February we put out a call to artists far and wide, inviting contributions for exhibitions during this year’s festival – any work, by any artist, reflecting on the experiences of refugees across the world was welcomed. 

We could have kept these treasures for the people of Merseyside, but decided to share some of them with you folk online too. We hope you’ll take the time to browse. You’ll also find work from this year’s Artists in Residence – Afhsin Amini, Benyamin Roghnachi and Noel Urbain. Find out more about them here or meet them at Liverpool Tate from 18th – 24th June (every day from 12 noon – 3pm) and join the conversation.

We thank all of the artists who have given their work freely for this online exhibition and our physical exhibitions at Unity Theatre, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and News from Nowhere.  

May we politely remind you that all images remain copyright of the artists, and are not to be copied or re-distributed in any way. Contact us to be put in touch with the artist directly if you are interested in any of the images.

This piece is part of larger work One To Another, by Thai artist Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (


Longing – Syria On Fire is a work by Liverpool based Syrian architect Rania Alkhllo


Artist in Residence for this year’s festival, Afshin Amini, previously created a series of self portraits that reflect on his situation. You can see new work by Afshin at Tate Liverpool’s Tate Exchange from 18-24th June.


Locally based artist Joanne Roberts submitted this image which explores the refugee’s escape in search of a land of freedom and humanity.


Sea Green Madonna by Susan Finch is inspired the story of the Irish Refugees who came to Liverpool in the nineteenth century, many of whom drowned on the voyage. Their tragic story still resonates today. (


One Only Leaf is one of two photographs submitted anonymously via PSS Spinning World project which supports migrant and refugee young people. ( Both photos will be part of our exhibition at Unity Theatre starting Monday 25th June.


L8 based artist Alan Murray submitted Aylan’s Candy. He describes the work as comment on “brexit…refugee children drowning and surveillance and divisions”. (



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