As part of our project, we have been working with educational charity Never Such Innocence to bring young people into dialogue with Diana Forster’s artwork and to give them opportunities to express their views on forced displacement and the wider impacts of war.
Thanks to funding from the University of St Andrews, we have been able to run in-person workshops at our exhibition venues for local schools. With the help of poet and author Nik Perring, students have been writing their poetry in response to Somewhere to Stay. You can read a selection of their work here:
These poems draw inspiration from one art form and prompt new readings of it through another. They paint pictures with words which are inspired by, and offer thought-provoking reflections on, the sculptures and prints by Diana Forster. Different media can have different impacts on us. In dialogue with each other, they can tell powerful refugees stories that leave a lasting imprint on our habits of visualising war, displacement, and the long shadow of each.
As well as supporting young people to find their voices, Nik Perring has written some poetry of his own in response to Somewhere to Stay. Which of these two poems mosts speaks to you, and why? How do they compare with, challenge or deepen your habits of visualising forced migration?
When We Were Slugs