The Stranger’s Tale

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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Open Doors Hull is a project that helps refugees, migrant workers and asylum seekers from its base at Princes Avenue Methodist Church. Staffed by volunteers, it began in 2000 in the form of meeting strangers along the avenue, and today it runs weekly drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 10am-3pm, offering support, advice and friendly faces.

Photographer and artist Quentin Budworth has worked with people from the Open Doors community to create images that reveal their untold and largely unheard stories. Within this exhibition is a rich tapestry of diverse human experience that celebrates and reveals life in Hull as seen through the eyes of a stranger. From newly arrived refugees to migrants that have lived here for decades, each story gives an insight into who these people are, what they left behind, why they chose Hull, and what they contribute to our shared city.

The images are beautifully human and the insight ranges from joyful to heartbreaking, which helps to connect the viewer with people who may even work in a local shop or live around the corner from you. It’s an exhibition that celebrates our neighbours as much as it educates on the issues of asylum and refuge, providing food for thought and inspiring much-needed empathy with those in need.

Part of The Untold Stories Project funded by Roots and Wings and The James Reckitt Library Trust, The Stranger’s Tale runs at Hull Central Library until Saturday 14 November before returning home to the Open Doors Project.

You can also follow Open Doors Hull on Twitter: @OpenDoorsHull

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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