Khyam Allami

Khyam Allami is a Syrian oud player, collaborator and musical explorer who has performed at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and London 2012 Festival, the cultural festival that accompanied the Olympics.

Emad Altaay

Emad is a Iraqi visual artist who worked as a teacher in the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad before moving to the UK. He’s exhibited his work in the UK, the USA and across the Middle East.

Lucian Freud

Freud is a German-born painter who was the most celebrated British figurative painter of the late 20th century.

Jasim Gharfur

Jasim Ghafur

Jasim is a Kurdish visual artist whose work is influenced by his personal experiences of war, displacement and the fight for justice.

Judith Kerr OBE

Judith is an author and illustrator who fled from Nazi Germany as a child and went on to publish award-winning autobiographical novels for children about her experiences.

Tea Hodzic

Téa Hodzic

Singer and guitarist Tea Hodzic was born in Bosnia but is now based in the UK. She performs traditional Bosnian music.

Ibrahim Fakhri

Ibrahim Fakhri

Ibrahim Fakhri is a Syrian artist and curator primarily concerned with the civil activism in Syria and the Middle East. He has exhibited the graffiti of the Syrian Revolution in venues in Europe and the UK.

Hong Dam

Hong Dam

Hong is a visual artist whose work is a journey of self discovery, exploring universal themes of love, loss, separation and hope.

Kurt Schwitters, 1948

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters is one of the major artists of European modernism, famous for his collage works in a technique he called ‘Merz.’

Rita Ora

Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter and actress born in Kosovo who had the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012.

Zory Shahrokhi

Zory is an Iranian visual artist whose work explores displacement, exploitation and gender oppression.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa is a Somali-born novelist whose books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards including the Guardian First Book Award.

Vesna Maric

Vesna is a travel writer, journalist, and author of ‘Bluebird: a Memoir’.

Maya Youssef

Maya is a Syrian Kanun Player who was recognized as an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council England in 2012.

Behjat Omer Abdulla

Behjat is a Kurdish artist whose art reflects the feelings and stories of war that cannot be shared or explained.

Natasha Davis

Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist whose work explores body, memory, identity and migration. Her embodied practice as performer informs her research as a subject through her own experiences of displacement and migration.

al-Saddiq al-Raddi

al-Saddiq al-Raddi

al-Saddiq is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic. He writes about his native Sudan.

Maryam Hashemi

Maryam Hashemi

Maryam is a London-based Iranian artist whose work brings past and present together. Her subjects are mostly women.