Having fled the civil war in Mozambique with his parents when he was 2, Mohammed Yahya and his family faced daily racism and discrimination, whilst squatting in a block of abandoned flats in Lisbon. After his parents divorced, he moved to London with his father at the age of 10. Inspired by his singer father, […]
Lucky Moyo hails from Zimbabwe via 45 countries around the world. Lucky was born in what his elders in rural Plumtree-Zimbabwe, called the year of the good rains since in folk and oral traditions years are not known by the calendar dates but what events took place in that year. Lucky comes from a family […]
Farhad Berahman is an Iranian artist and photographer whose work focuses on memory and displacement.
Basel Zaraa is a Palestinian artist, who was born in the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Syria. He is a spoken word and stencil graffiti artist and a musician.
Alketa Xhafa Mripa is a Kosovo born conceptual artist and activist whose work focuses on human rights issues including women’s liberation
Josef Herman was a highly-regarded figurative painter who fled from pre-war Poland in the 1930s. He is best known for his works depicting Welsh miners.
Eva Frankfurther was a figurative painter originally from Germany, whose subjects were also her fellow migrant workers in and around Whitechapel.
Auerbach is a German-born British painter, famous for his impasto painting technique and considered one of the world’s greatest living artists.
Peter Moro was born in Germany and moved to London, becoming one of the UK’s most prominent post-war architects. He designed many public buildings including the Royal Festival Hall and the Nottingham Playhouse.
Andrew Omoding creates large-scale autobiographical mixed media sculptural pieces that reflect his experiences of growing up in Uganda and moving to London as a young teenager. On arrival to London, Andrew did not speak for several years and remained silent. Now much of Andrew’s work involves story telling and performance incorporating both written and spoken […]
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 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.
Freud is a German-born painter who was the most celebrated British figurative painter of the late 20th century.
Jasim is a Kurdish visual artist whose work is influenced by his personal experiences of war, displacement and the fight for justice.
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.
Singer and guitarist Tea Hodzic was born in Bosnia but is now based in the UK. She performs traditional Bosnian music.
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 is a visual artist whose work is a journey of self discovery, exploring universal themes of love, loss, separation and hope.
Kurt Schwitters is one of the major artists of European modernism, famous for his collage works in a technique he called ‘Merz.’
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 is an Iranian visual artist whose work explores displacement, exploitation and gender oppression.
Nadifa is a Somali-born novelist whose books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards including the Guardian First Book Award.
Vesna is a travel writer, journalist, and author of ‘Bluebird: a Memoir’.
Maya is a Syrian Kanun Player who was recognized as an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council England in 2012.
Behjat is a Kurdish artist whose art reflects the feelings and stories of war that cannot be shared or explained.
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 is one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic. He writes about his native Sudan.
Maryam is a London-based Iranian artist whose work brings past and present together. Her subjects are mostly women.
Koutaiba is a Film Director and Photographer who left Iraq when he was 17. His first feature film was released in 2010.
Marina is an author whose first book, A short history of tractors in Ukrainian, sold over a million copies worldwide.
Téa Hodzic was born in Sarajevo , Bosnia where she trained in classical guitar and opera.
Robert Vas was a documentary filmmaker from Hungary who saw his artistic mission as being to remind and warn audiences of the abuses of power.
George Szirtes is a painter-turned-poet originally from Hungary who writes about England and Englishness as well as his Hungarian origins in his poetry and translation work.
Writing, for Gillian Slovo, is best described as a process of interrogation into what happens when individual lives are caught up in political events – her latter works explore her experience as the daughter of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.
Mona Hatoum is a Palestinian video artist and installation artist born in Lebanon who explores the harshness of life and exile using a variety of media.
M.I.A. is an award winning recording artist who was born in Sri Lanka to Tamil parents. She is also a songwriter, painter and director.
Eva was born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia where she trained as an architect and came to London in 1968. She was awarded a CBE for services to interior design.
Hamid is a poet and author from Uzbekistan, and Writer in Residence at the BBC’s World Service.