Last night was our 4th Birmingham SOUP at the glorious Impact Hub Birmingham.
The project with the most votes was Beyond Borders from The GAP Arts Project who are working in collaboration with residents of Birmingham to produce an arts event in response to the border crisis.
‘Using the subject of borders as a starting point we want to raise awareness about the circumstances that refugees and migrants are faced with both when attempting to enter and living in the UK. We are organising a week long exhibition from 9-11th April at Centrala, which includes a series of talks, workshops and performances in various art forms. Our programme will seek to bring people together from all background so that we can share our experiences, question our understandings, and learn from our interactions with each other.
We hope that in the process we can contribute towards strengthening a network and encouraging future collaborations between an already impressive array of artists, activists, organisations and motivated individuals working with refugees and migrant communities within Birmingham. One of the ways in which we aim to achieve this is by the event acting as a fundraiser, with the proceeds going directly towards supporting refugees living in the city and surrounding areas.’
They took home the prize fund of £315.95p towards this brilliant project and will come back to a future SOUP to tell us how they got on.