Polish and Sudanese art exhibitions in Birmingham
Birmingham is a city of over one million people from around one hundred different ethnic groups, many of whom will have arrived within the last 20 or 30 years. The Polish Expats Association helps Eastern European migrants integrate into their local community in Birmingham, and in 2015, the organisation was funded by Near Neighbours to develop two exhibitions about migration, working with the Polish and Sudanese immigrants over a four-month period. These were accompanied by a series of events, workshops and seminars equipping participants in documenting skills, such as photography and creative writing, which provided opportunities for inter cultural exchange.
In 2016, the Polish Expats Association were funded again to bring together the local community in Digbeth, Birmingham for a series of events and workshops to celebrate the cultural diversity of Eastern Europeans, Chinese, Irish, Germans, and Pakistanis, as well as local LGBT people. This included an art exhibition around displacement, music events, film screenings, and arts and craft sessions. There were also clothes collections for local homeless shelters, in response to the growing number of people sleeping rough in the area.