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Hearts on The Railings

For Refugee Week 2021, Norwich City of Sanctuary invited local creatives to join us in showing our support for refugees and asylum seekers by contributing a piece of poster art for our public exhibition which took place from 11-19 June on the railings of St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich.

Together With Refugees is a new coalition, made up of more than 100 national refugee-led and grassroots groups, who believe in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence. Together, we are calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective. it means ensuring people can live in dignity while they wait to hear if they will be granted protection. It means empowering refugees to rebuild their lives and make valuable contributions to their communities. And it means the UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes.

Inspired by the Refugee Nation flag and the colours of a lifebelt, the orange heart has been chosen as our symbol of hope and compassion for people seeking sanctuary.

This year’s exhibition included poster heart contributions from local artists and creatives, including Emma Lee Cracknell, Kristy Campbell, Emma Jones, Lily Read, Conor McNally, Claire Wood, Zana Yassin, Bruce Rushin, Lucia Fitzpatrick, Karen Davis and pupils from Worstead Primary School.