Speaking for Ourselves

Threading Stories

Threading Stories

Yusra ElGehani

 Migrant Voice - Threading Stories

An ambitious and heartfelt exhibition will open its doors in Glasgow. It celebrates the cultural diversity of Scotland through the eyes and artistry of its migrant communities.

The exhibition, ‘Threading Stories’, features a collection of artworks by 11 migrant artists who now call Scotland home. Techniques on display include embroidery, painting, sand and pencil work on fabric, and a Japanese kimono. Each piece tells a unique story of origin, journey, and hope.

threading stories

The lead artist, Julita Hanlon, worked with 10 migrant women to create this exhibition. The inspiration came from ‘Putting Ourselves in the Picture', Migrant Voice’s photography display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The project started as a series of four embroidery workshops in response to this exhibition. In time, the participants became a group with regular meetings and exhibiting ambitions. "We are a very non-homogenous group of migrants with a very rich culture that we wanted to express. We wanted to show the contribution we made and the things we feel" - is how Julita describes the reasons for organising the show.

Join us for the opening night to hear from some of the artists and discover the links between their art and their stories of migration. The exhibition will also be open for the following three days.

Opening night: 1 June (Saturday) 6-9 pm

Exhibition on display: 2-4 June (Sunday-Tuesday), 11 am - 6 pm
New Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL

Participating in ‘Threading Stories’ was an inclusive and transformative experience for several group members, including those who did not initially consider themselves to be artists. The workshops, Julita’s mentoring, and support from others helped them express their migration experiences through art.

threading stories

Gaile Addison, one of the artists participating in the exhibition, spoke candidly about her artwork and the message behind it. "This piece represents the route I took to the UK. When my visa application to stay in the UK was rejected, it was a period where I was lost, or I felt lost. Weaving helped me cope with the situation". Her story shows how making art can become a source of hope during dark times.

We hope ‘Threading Stories’ will draw many visitors from Glasgow and beyond. It stands as a powerful celebration of diversity and resilience. It is a platform for the artists to share their unique stories, bridge cultural divides, and highlight the shared human emotions that bind us all.


Photos by Julita Hanlon.

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VAI, 200a Pentonville Road,
N1 9JP

Phone: +44 (0) 207 832 5824
Email: [email protected]

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Number: 1142963 (England and Wales); SC050970 (Scotland)

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