Monday 22 October 2018

Art exhibition is a big draw for refugees as UCC opens its doors

Fatima Malik with artwork from ‘Blueprints’, an exhibition of work by children of the
asylum-seeking community at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork Photos:
Clare Keogh
Fatima Malik with artwork from ‘Blueprints’, an exhibition of work by children of the asylum-seeking community at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork Photos: Clare Keogh

Sean O'Grady

An art exhibition by young asylum-seekers, refugees, brownies and scouts has opened in UCC's Glucksman Gallery.

The exhibition titled 'Blueprints' is part of University College Cork's inaugural Refugee Week.

For the past two decades, many members of UCC staff and student societies have been engaging with local asylum-seeker and refugee communities on the challenges they face.

The short film 'Sorry I Drowned' by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières is also being screened at the venue.

The exhibition was opened by the university president Patrick O'Shea.

Seven asylum-seekers and refugees are to receive full scholarships, which will enable them to study at University College Cork.

Set to be provided from September 2018, the scholarships will cover full fees and tuition, in addition to a number of annual bursaries covering travel and expenses.

Irish Independent

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