Refugee Tales Exhibition 27-30 March

Katherine Moss

An exhibition sharing personal stories about immigration detention and responses to the Walking Inquiry is taking place on the Canterbury campus from Monday 27 until Thursday 30 March.

The exhibition launch will take place on Tuesday 28 March between 18.00 and 19.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 with a conversation between Professor David Herd and Kasonga from the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, as well as a short film by Ridy Wasolua.

The Walking Inquiry into Immigration Detention was initiated by Refugee Tales to complement the current Public Inquiry into Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), Gatwick. The government set up the Public Inquiry in response to a 2017 BBC Panorama programme that used undercover filming to reveal mistreatment at Brook House.

Following the publication of the inquiry findings last July, this exhibition is a collection of responses to the Walking Inquiry, bringing together the voices and insights of people with lived experience of immigration detention as well as Volunteer Visitors who provide support to people in detention.

These responses were welcomed in many forms, including testimony, art, letters, video and poetry and shine a powerful light on the daily realities of immigration detention, and its complex and enduring impacts.

The team behind the show welcome responses and contributions as part of the Walking Inquiry’s ongoing exploration of immigration detention.

The event is free and open to all with no need to book.