Until 10 January 2021

IWM London & IWM North

Free

Subject to any further disruption or restrictions due to coronavirus, IWM plans to open its Refugees season later this year.

Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.  

Collectively, 17.5 million people have fled Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen alone, due to recent conflict. This, however, is not a new phenomenon and throughout history war has drastically altered the limits of what many call home. Through two major exhibitions, a new artistic commission and a series of immersive events, IWM’s Refugees season will unlock the personal stories of people forced to flee their homes and those who work to support them. With programming across IWM London and IWM North, Refugees will give visitors the space to consider their own responses to similar experiences and dilemmas.

At IWM London

A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991.
A family and their overloaded car at a refugee centre on the Iraq-Kuwait border, during the First Gulf War, 1991. © John Keane (IWM GLF 174)
Refugees: Forced to Flee

IWM London

Coming soon

A Face to Open Doors - Title Block
© ANAGRAM
A Face to Open Doors IWM London

IWM London

Coming soon

Portrait of Ai Weiwei
Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography by Gao Yuan.
History of Bombs

IWM London

Coming soon

A family cooking on a makeshift cooker in a refugee camp.
© CNN. A photo taken from Life in a Camp at IWM London, a partnership project with CNN.
Life in a Camp

IWM London

Coming soon

At IWM North

Lebanon, Baalbek district, Arsal refugee camp. Aid workers.
© ICRC/Hussein Baydoun Lebanon, Baalbek district, Arsal refugee camp.
Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

IWM North

Coming soon

A Face to Open Doors - Title Block
© ANAGRAM
A Face to Open Doors IWM North

Touring

Coming soon