The aim of this collaborative art project was to challenge prejudice, racism and sectarianism. The project was funded by Belfast City Council’s Good relations grant and the printing for the exhibition and contribution towards food was covered by Inter Faith Youth Trust. The project was planned and coordinated by Homeplus. Over the last 6 months groups of refugees and asylum seekers from Homeplus met teens from Quaker Family Support Centre, female ex-prisoners from NIACRO, victims of hate crime from NIACRO’s STEM project and LGBTQI teens from Cara Friend (who decided not to use their photos in the exhibition).
A group from Homeplus would meet up with a group from one of the other organisations once a week over a period of 4 weeks. The four stages where designed to help the participants see beyond labels and stereotypes to become more open and respectful of others in an attempt to promote inclusion and diversity. The groups all had the opportunity to share time with and build a relationship with people who they may have had previous stereotypes about or prejudices towards.
Between each stage the participants were asked to take pictures and short videos that were aimed at breaking down their stereotypes and labels so they could see others as they are and not as society wants to portray them. The pictures and videos of the participants are displayed in this exhibition. I would like to sincerely thank our funders, the organisations who were involved in the project, the participants and Ulster University for exhibiting the project.