Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers
Stories from boys and teenagers seeking new possibilities in Britain whilst escaping from impossible circumstances.

Beyond Borders - A Sense of Belonging The images in this book originated as part of an East Midlands regional initiative between a number of arts organisations and academic partners. The initial programme was primarily funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Loughborough University. It culminated in an exhibition at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham.The wooden, painted panels, which are the subject of this book, were also exhibited at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

Charnwood Arts contributed to this process in many ways but the heart of our contribution was the work undertaken with members of the 'Dreamers' youth group in Loughborough. The Dreamers were established by youth workers in Loughborough as a means of meeting the needs of unaccompanied young asylum seekers who were arriving in increasing numbers in the locality. Many joint projects have taken place with them over the years but this was our first to also engage with more recent adult refugees in an arts based programme. The full regional programme is described in a report that is available through Charnwood Arts.

Charnwood Arts' work with Dreamers included support for them to engage with artist Misha Myers and her practice of 'guided walks'. A way of exploring displacement and to see the new in the context of the old home environment. This enabled participants to share the double consciousness of 'home away from home' with others. Members of Dreamers also worked with Sarah Bailey and Gerry Flanagan to produce a short play about their experiences of living in Loughborough. This was performed on the opening night at the Bonington.

All Voices Beyond Borders visual art works were co-produced by lead artist Paul Gent and Amy Edwards for Charnwood Arts with members of the Dreamers. A full list of supporters and partners can be found at the end of the on-line version of the book.

Charnwood Arts Involvement: 
A Charnwood Arts Project