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Reception, The Dirars

Reception is part of a series of activities made by local artists and commissioned by Absolutely Cultured in response to an open call out.

The Dirars (Arafa, Mayas, Ethar, Waieel, Akram and Gaida Dirar), are a group of collaborative artists based in Hull. Born in West Sudan, the family arrived in the UK in 2015 as refugees through the UN gateway resettlement programme. Having spent four years in a refugee camp in Egypt, the group developed their skills in drawings, paintings, and poetry to reflect and share their story to draw attention to the ongoing plight of the millions of people fleeing war and persecution.

An insight into the lives of newly-arrived asylum seekers in the UK, The Dirars bring a series of narrative paintings highlighting the challenges that they face as they adapt and adjust to living in a new place.

“We would love to invite you to come and join us for our latest exhibition!” – The Dirars

Reflecting the reality of arriving in an alien environment with a new language, new culture and new weather, all during a global pandemic, Reception explores isolation, coping and how asylum seekers can attempt to establish new lives from the loss of old.

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Nearest toilets can be found at Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Market.

Nearest baby changing facilities can be found at Trinity Market.

Creative Hull will be taking place under the current government guidelines. Hand sanitiser will be available at each event, and if the event is indoors, you must wear a mask unless you’re exempt or under the age of eleven. If you are exempt, please let a member of our team know.

Social distancing will be in place, and we will manage the capacity of each venue on an individual basis. We ask that you visit us with your household or your support bubble.

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Friday 16 – Sunday 18 July


10am – 6pm


18 Whitefriargate, HU1 2ER

No booking required