Borderlands to hold Rise Art Exhibition

Borderlands is proud to present the Rise Exhibition, a celebration of artwork produced by refugee and asylum seekers as well as portraits by local artist Hannah Kirmes-Daly. The Exhibition is part of Borderlands’ Mentoring Project and celebrates the connections and solidarity which have been formed with the community in Bristol, in part due to the Mentoring Project. The exhibition will be hosted by Hamilton House in Stokes Croft from Friday 3 March to Wednesday 8 March.

The Exhibition will be launched at 6pm on Friday 3 March with speeches from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Borderlands artists. A series of weekend events lead by Borderlands’ members will invite visitors to explore the wider view on migration through music, discussions and film. No booking is required, all are welcome and entry is free. Opening times are:

  • 6pm – 8.30pm on Friday 3 March;
  • 9am – 4.30pm on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March; and
  • 9am – 8.30pm on Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March.


Exhibition launch: 3/3/17 at 18:00 – Opening speeches by the Mayor and Borderlands artists. Free food and drinks. In the Gallery.

Music Night!: 4/3/17 at 19:00-22:00 – Refugee music night. Celebrating music from around the world and new collaborations with live music, DJs and dancing led by Borderlands members. In the Events Space.

Bristol Free Voice: 5/3/17 at 14:00-16:00 – A new initiative led by Borderlands members to create a safe space for migrant citizen journalism, and to challenge mainstream media perspective on migration. Open discussion for support and ideas – all welcome. Community Arts Space.

Al-Herriya – short film screening (animation): 5/3/17 at 17:00 – Humanity at the borders – the work of Calais-based animation artist, Loup Blaster. Q and A with the Director. In the Gallery.

Borderlands Mentoring project talk: 6/3/17 at 13:00-14:00 – Information on Borderlands Mentoring Project for refugees and asylum seekers and how to get involved – all welcome.

During the week, there will also be art workshops for local school children from St Nicholas of Tolentine Primary School in Easton. The children of some of the refugee and asylum seeker members of Borderlands attend the primary school.

Artwork for the exhibition has been prepared during Borderlands’ twice weekly Drop-in sessions. Refugees and asylum seekers have participated in drawing and painting workshops with Hannah Kirmes-Daly, street photography with Joyce Nicholls and preparing audio commentary for the exhibition with sound recordist Jazlyn Pinckney. The Exhibition is part of Borderlands Mentoring Programme and will celebrate the life changing work of the partnering project which has been running since April 2016. The Mentoring Project, which is supported by the People’s Projects and Big Lottery funding, partners refugees and asylum seekers with local volunteers to provide support with orientation, English language and integration in the community. The project has so far trained and 90 volunteer mentors to date who have forged strong one-to-one relationships with Bristol‑based refugees and asylum seekers.

For any queries regarding the exhibition, please contact Hannah Kirmes-Daly by email at or phone 07718 598 188.