Refugees was a free season of exhibitions, new artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North. Unlocking the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them, Refugees gave us the space to consider our own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.
Why do refugees leave their homes?
Since the First World War, countless lives have been shattered by conflict. Refugees across the globe have had to leave their homes and make journeys to settle somewhere else.
What forces people to flee all that they know and seek a new life elsewhere?
See a newly commissioned artwork by Zimbabwean-born artist, poet and rapper Meduulla, drawing on the history of Zimbabwe, referencing the land reform bill, conflict and mass migration.
Meduulla’s piece considers the inner conflict migrants faced once they had left Zimbabwe and the ongoing legacy of this conflict on young people today.
Aid Workers: Why we do it
Being an aid worker can mean facing hard choices and dangerous environments. Discover what keeps three aid workers going in difficult times.
Ai Weiwei on History of Bombs
Artist Ai Weiwei has filled IWM London's iconic atrium with his artwork History of Bombs.
Discover how he approached creating an artwork for this space and the themes explored in the piece.
Explore stories of refugees from IWM's collection in these two learning resources supporting cross-curricular learning.
What is Home? Memories of a Refugee
Health and Wellbeing
This resource introduces students to Gulwali who talks about his memories of home in Afghanistan before the war forced his family to pay people smugglers to get him and his brother out of the country to, hoped for, safety in Europe.