House of Commons
REFUWEEGEE CLAIMING BACK THE NARRATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
EDM #2523
Tabled 24 June 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House congratulates the Glasgow-based Refuweegee organisation, for its Claiming Back the Narrative photographic exhibition, which is being displayed at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery from 20 to 25 June 2019, following its launch at the new Refuweegee hub on the city's Byres Road; understands that the exhibition presents informative photographs, art and written work, created by individuals who arrived as refugees to Glasgow in 2016; recognises Refuweegee, and its partners and community who donated, in providing welcome packs for 2000 refugees on arrival in Scotland since 2016; notes that the welcome packs contain a letter from a local resident and essential items to help refugees feel at home; recognises Refuweegee’s success in providing 120 welcome packs per month to new arrivals in Scotland; further recognises Refuweegee's organisation of pop up events for refugees, providing free clothing, toys and household items; notes the exhibition coincides with Refugee Week, falling at the start of the Refugee Festival Scotland, the theme for which is Making Art, Making Home and is about talent, creativity and resilience of New Scots artists and community groups; hopes that this event further raises the voices of refugees and promotes Scottish communities to continue to welcome them; recognises Oxfam Scotland’s role in supporting Refuweegee and in its Stand as One campaign aiming to bring people together in solidarity with and support for people forced to flee, and counteract negative attitudes towards displaced people; and wishes all the best to all participants in the Refugee Festival Scotland 2019