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Study Day – If All Relations Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve

Saturday 11 June, 11.00am - 4.00pm. Free, open to all.

Featuring areas for learning, service provision and debate, this exhibition explores the subject of migration on Teesside and elsewhere, bringing together documents, artefacts and artworks made by Middlesbrough-based asylum seekers and refugees as well as British and international artists.

To launch the show, we are hosting a study day where we bring together politicians, academics, activists and cultural workers to examine the migratory context of Teesside and beyond, including government policies and humanitarian aid. Other topics of discussion include a documentation on the experience of refugee-background groups in the UK, how the groups can benefit from art, and how organisers of cultural programmes can engage with them effectively.


11.00am – 11.15am Introduction to the project from Alistair Hudson

MORNING: Theoretical Approaches

11.15am – 11.30pm Suzanne Fletcher (former councillor, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council)

11.30am – 11.45am Stefan Nowotny  (scholar, Goldsmiths, University of London)

11.45am – 12.00pm Michael Collins (activist, Right to Remain)

12.00pm – 1.00pm Panel discussion with speakers

COMMUNAL LUNCH (provided by Investing in People and Culture)

AFTERNOON: Issues in Practice

2.00pm – 2.15pm Tom Green (cultural worker) (Counterpoint Arts)

2.15pm – 2.30pm Pod Collective (artists)

2.30pm – 2.45pm Nelli Stavropoulou (doctoral student, Durham University)


3.00pm – 4.00pm Panel discussion with representatives from local charities Investing in People and Culture, Justice First, Open Door North East and Methodist Asylum Project



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