• It’s Only the Beginning


Wednesday 11 July


11 July 2018 6pm – 9pm

Double Bill: Science in Exile & It’s Only the Beginning

The Box at FACT  |  £6 (£4 cons)

Double Bill: Science in Exile & It’s Only the Beginning 

Followed by a post-screening discussion with directors Nicole Leghissa and Chus López Vidal

Science in Exile (PG)

Director, Nicole Leghissa

In its UK premiere, Science in Exile explores how recent violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq has threatened the lives of four researchers, forcing them to suspend their work and flee their homelands.

Challenging the common stereotypes of refugees from a war-ravaged region, Science in Exile finds women and men with years of training and experience struggling to find a safe haven in new lands.

It’s Only the Beginning (PG)

Directors, Chus López Vidal and Paula Rodríguez Sickert

The documentary It’s Only the Beginning follows six Arab women filmmakers from different countries as they meet each other in Berlin.

In the aftermath of the events widely known as the “Arab Spring”, they travel to the German capital where have been invited by two mutual friends, the directors of the film, to screen their own work and get together. It’s Only the Beginning documents the women’s emotional reunion, as they journey together through the streets of Berlin, exchanging feelings about what they witnessed and about how both their lives and their work as filmmakers were impacted during this most convulsive period.

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11 July 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Artist in Residence: Asia Alfasi

The Bluecoat  |  FREE

Meet British Libyan artist and graphic novelist Asia Alfasi as she creates new manga-inspired works while in residence at LAAF.

During her residency, Alfasi will showcase pieces inspired by her childhood in Libya and her visits to the country during and after the recent revolution. Using the Arab and Muslim aspects of her heritage, she creates stories that provoke cross-cultural dialogue and she invites us to join the conversation.

11 July 2018 10am - 5pm

Tented Dreams

Dickens Gallery, St George’s Hall  |  FREE

Syrian artist Mohammed Amari fled the devastation of the conflict in his country with few worldly possessions, among which were his watercolours and paintings. We are delighted to present a selection of Amari’s moving paintings.

Alongside his works we will be exhibiting artwork by refugees ​from the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, with whom Amari has been working as a volunteer art teacher.

A project made possible by Souriyat Across Borders

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Friday 13th July, 10am - 5pm everyday

11 July 2018 9am - 9pm

It Was Paradise

Winter Gardens, Mann Island (Outside Open Eye Gallery)  |  FREE

British artist Rachel Gadsden was awarded an Unlimited International commission in 2017 to collaborate with Palestinian artist Ali Saeid Ashour. The outcome is It was Paradise.

Located in London, Liverpool and the West Bank, and inspired by Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Under Siege, the collaboration addresses global concerns about migration, the lingering flight of refugees, as well as the isolation of disabled and bereaved people. The project is exhibited on display stands outside Open Eye Gallery.

It Was Paradise - In Conversation takes place 8th July, 1.30pm - 2.30pm - more details can be found here

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July, 9am - 9pm everyday