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Shared Horizon

  • Date: 8 September 2009
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: North

An exhibition of photographs by young unaccompanied asylum seekers opened in April 2009 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Shared Horizon, which runs from 24 April to 3 July in the Centre Upper Space at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), features work by fifteen young people from Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Senegal and Gambia.

The exhibition showcases work from a photography project for 14–18 year old unaccompanied asylum seekers living in Wakefield, Barnsley and Kirklees.

The participants speak little or no English, and the project used photography as a tool to improve language skills. The result is an eclectic mix of outstanding shots, including some of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which has captured the imagination of these young photographic talents.

A group of the young photographers also took part in the Arts Award – the national accredited qualification for young artists and arts leaders. We supported the project with a Grants for the arts award.

A new booklet which explores the difficulties the young photographers have faced, how they gained their Arts Awards and what this has meant to them, launches at the exhibition.

The booklet, Bringing it Together, features stories from a number of inspirational projects working with Black and minority ethnic young people across Yorkshire and the north west who undertook the Arts Award.

One of the participants, Jamal Ali Shared, said: ‘I did not know that every art has a story to tell. I really wish I could go to Yorkshire Sculpture Park every day and learn something new, there is so much to learn from that place.’

For more information, visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.