‘No Place like Home’ explored themes of ‘home’, ‘place’, and ‘belonging’ in collaboration with young Syrian refugees and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum. To produce the work, the young people were introduced to new ways of making artwork using techniques including collage, spray painting, stencilling and printing. These images were then photographed and reproduced as repeat pattern designs. The patterns will be combined to create a custom co-produced wallpaper design to be printed and installed at the Refugee Council offices in Leeds.
As part of the project, we visited the Bodies of Colour exhibition at Whitworth Gallery, Manchester to consider the ways in which wallpaper represents British social and colonial history. Prints of our patterns were also exhibited at the Arts Without Borders exhibition at Open Source Arts during Refugee Week 2019.