Digital Open Call Exhibition 2018

Back in February 2018 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.

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.

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”. (

Immigration by the Sea “In August 2015 I was in Worthing, a seaside resort on the south coast of Britain. Everyone on the beaches were enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the sun. It occurred to me how would they respond to a steady influx of immigration coming in at low tide from The Channel. Knowing the British they would probably just stare at them.” Robert Burgess

We were delighted to receive poetry submissions via a local group of artists. We thank Lea Knowles, Claire Holtaway and Jean Maskell ( for these contributions. Find yourself a comfy seat and lose yourself in these…



YOU CAN SEE MORE WORK FROM OUR OPEN CALL AT THE UNITY THEATRE UP UNTIL THE 16th JULY… Works from Kiara Mohamed, Clare Flinn, Katherine Monaghan & AsylumLinkMerseyside, Rania Alkhllo and loads more…

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