In 2017 project refuge/e transported a shelter from Lebanon to various locations around the UK, aiming to inform the British public about the conditions of the 1 Million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Learning first-hand from displaced Syrians in Lebanon, the shelter was constructed using a combination of emergency shelter kits and local materials. The tent was furnished with plaster and brass castings of possessions typically found in these homes and was covered with old plastic advertising board that were used for insulation. Through the space visitors could hear the unfiltered voices of refugees speaking about their daily experiences, illustrating the struggle for normality – cooking, cleaning and learning – amid the fragments of displaced lives.
Working closely with a number of recently settled refugees in Sheffield and in collaboration with galleries, charities and arts organisations across the UK, project refuge/e reached over 10,000 people.
Supported by Arts Council England, UNHCR, the British Council, the Art Fund, the A. M. Qattan Foundation and individual donations.