Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

by MigrationMuseumProject in London

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On 4th May 2016 we successfully raised £5,880 with 116 supporters in 28 days

A groundbreaking exhibition on the refugee crisis featuring 150 life jackets that each tell a powerful story about migration

by MigrationMuseumProject in London

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported our exhibition thus far. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and encouragement. We are continuing to raise funds to put on an exciting events programme as part of the exhibition in June. Some of the events we have planned include a poetry evening featuring a number of performers hosted by poet and children's laureate Michael Rosen, film screenings with directors, theatre performances and panel discussions. Please consider a donation to help us bring all these events to life! 

"Where you once saw beautiful island beaches, you are now witnessing vast coastlines of abandoned life jackets."

The Migration Museum Project is planning a groundbreaking exhibition in June 2016 exploring the complexity and human stories behind the current refugee 'crisis', with a particular focus on the refugee camp in Calais. The exhibition will be an immersive storytelling experience, with work across visual art, photography, film, poetry, sound and performance. It will serve as a forum for events, discussions and learning exchanges, illustrating different perspectives and examining what our responsibilities might be towards Calais and current refugee developments.

As part of the exhibition, we hope to feature a powerful installation of 150 life jackets collected by Sarah Savage, an aid worker in Kos. Many of the life jackets are fake, filled with tissues and newspapers. Each of these lifejackets will be embedded with a name and a story of a migrant who arrived in Europe by boat, including those who made the onward journey to Calais. 

We need your help to bring these life jackets to London, enable Sarah to tell the stories behind them, and to stage the exhibition in general. We have received partial funding from Arts Council England and private donors, but the remaining £5,000 is crucial for us to stage this installation of lifejackets and deliver the exhibition.

Please back our project and bring these important stories to light. Remember to select the Gift Aid box on the payment page so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation.  And help us to spread the word by sharing this page with your family, friends and colleagues. 

About the exhibition

The exhibition will run throughout the month of June 2016 at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London. Read our recent blog post for more information on the exhibition.

About the Migration Museum Project

The Migration Museum Project is creating the UK’s first dedicated Migration Museum, examining the story of movement into and out of the UK in a fresh and engaging way. Over the past two years, we have put on exciting exhibitions, events and education programmes designed to shed light on the lively part migration has always played in the national life – and offer a taste of what the future museum could be.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you on social media

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A specially designed badge and a thank you on social media

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A set of postcards of Calais taken by award-winning photographer Chris Barrett, a badge and thank you on social media

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Special preview of the exhibition, set of postcards, badge and a thank you on social media

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Acknowledgement of your support on our website, special preview of the exhibition, set of postcards, badge and thank you on social media

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Your name on the wall of the exhibition acknowledging your support, special preview of the exhibition, set of postcards, badge and a thank you on social media

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