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A weekend of celebration: banner drop, 2020. Image courtesy of the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother and Wealden

Join us for a discussion about how the culture sector, including artists, museums and galleries, can become meaningful participants in conversations and action around migrant rights. Co-organised by the Refugee Buddy Project: Hastings, Rother and Wealden.

Start time 4pm

This event is pay what you can.

Online via Zoom. Please book a ticket, and we will send you your e-ticket with the Zoom link.

This event will be recorded.

A series of presentations by cultural workers and activists will be followed by time to think collectively about the topics and approaches introduced. Co-organised by the Refugee Buddy Project: Hastings, Rother and Wealden.

Cultural organiser and instigator Joon Lynn Goh is founding organiser of Migrants in Culture. She will highlight their work and the ‘Culture Sector Recovery for Migrants’ plan, which educates on, and advocates for, a recovery of the UK culture sector shaped by the experiences, needs and leadership of migrants and those most marginalised in the sector.

Artist Ahmet Öğüt will introduce his work, with a focus on The Silent University, an international knowledge exchange platform begun in 2012 that works with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who, although from a professional background, cannot practice due to the limitations of the asylum process. The Silent University has been hosted at museums and galleries worldwide.

Aliya Yule is an Access to Healthcare Organiser at Migrants Organise. She will speak about their Patients Not Passports campaign highlighting health inequality caused by the British government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy. Their June 2020 report highlighted how racially minoritised and migrant communities were often

excluded from healthcare during COVID-19, leading to a disproportionate number of deaths.

The event will be moderated by Dr Mursheda Chowdhury, Trustee and Chair of the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother and Wealden. Dr Choudhury is a Palliative Care Physician and medical educator whose areas of special interest are empathy in practice, medical ethics and conscious/unconscious bias.

A weekend of celebration: banner drop, 2020. Image courtesy of the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother and Wealden

Culture and Migrant Rights is part of Care and Citizenship, a lively series of events varied approaches to care and active citizenship, these online talks, workshops and events invite us to find new ways to act with care in our own lives, collaborating with those around us to create a more equitable society.

Care and Citizenship is part of AHRC funded DigiPiCH Civic Museums Project: Using Digital Technology to enhance Wellbeing in Civic Museums. Partners of the project are De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, The Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove and The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, Baltimore.