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Posted On: 10th Jul 2013

Busting Migrant Myths

Grace with her panels for the pieces
The workshop with students
Some of the students making their prints

Through the use of an artistic mural, a Fixer from North Wales is attempting to eliminate the migrant myths she feels the media often portray.

 

Fixer Grace Hayes (16), from Wrexham, believes that many immigrants in the UK suffer from discrimination and prejudice due to a lack of knowledge about why people seek residence in Britain.

 

With the help of students from St. Joseph's High School, Grace and her team have completed a collage of 42 paintings which represent the reasons for moving country.

 

The artwork will be displayed in the Waterworld Leisure Centre, Wrexham, from 15th July for one week.

 

‘I think a lot of people, particularly young people, are often taught to think that immigration is a bad thing,’ says Grace.

 

‘But immigration happens for a variety of reasons. Many people who come to the UK genuinely want to set up a better life for themselves, and some of these people are escaping troubles in their own country.’

 

Grace designed two panels for the art piece, focusing on escaping conflict and housing needs.

 

‘I wanted to show that conflict is something which can drive people from their homeland, and that immigrants from countries where there is war need our support,’ she says.

 

‘The housing piece I created is to represent the better housing, shelter, and conditions that people often seek when moving somewhere new.’

 

Grace, who works with the British Red Cross, hopes that the art piece will be a success and will challenge young people to think about the other side of the story, which is often not focused on by the media.

 

‘It would be great to just get young people analysing what they hear and see, and get them questioning those things. There are two sides to every story.’

 

You can view the mural at the Waterworld Leisure Centre, Wrexham, from 15th to 21st July 2013.

 

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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