FIFTEEN young people seeking asylum have collated a series of photographs for an exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
Entitled Shared Horizon, the young people from Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley got involved in the project and have taken a series of inspiring images at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Coming from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Gambia, Kurdistan and Senegal, the participants share the common experience of hoping to rebuild their lives in a foreign land.
Using the rich potential of photography in the vast landscape of the sculpture park, this creative activity has enabled those involved to make friends, share experiences and learn about themselves, each other and the world around them.
Helen Moore, YSP’s Community and Outreach Coordinator, said: “This experience has been of great benefit to the young people and everybody involved.
“It is fantastic that now, through touring the exhibition, we are able to share the project and ideas behind it with the public, local communities and other groups of people seeking asylum.
“To show the project in Wakefield, Huddersfield and Castleford, I hope will give the participants a sense of pride in their achievements and create a greater sense of belonging in Yorkshire.”
One of the main aims of the project has been to use photography as a tool to improve language skills, as well as to celebrate the participants’ own mother tongues.
The images have been taken, selected and titled by the young people themselves.
The exhibition will be on show at Huddersfield Art Gallery from October 9 to November 14.
Shared Horizon is a project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Cape-UK, Wakefield Asylum Team, Wakefield Youth Development and Support Services, Friends of YSP, Kirklees College and Barnsley Council.