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Art Exhibition from Refugee Action York (RAY)

Updated: Nov 19

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Breaking News!

There has been so much interest in the artworks that RAY are producing a Calendar for 2021 featuring a selection of them. These cost only £8 each and, thanks to a generous donation to cover the printing costs, all of this money will go towards RAY’s work in supporting refugees and asylum seekers currently based in York.

To order, please contact Steph Cooper or contact the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church office by emailing <>. You can also go to the RAY Online Shop for details and to order a calendar or other gifts.

An Introduction, from Refugee Action York

Refugee Action York (RAY) was founded in 2002 and became a registered charity in 2009. Our aims are:

  • To advance education and relieve financial hardship amongst migrants, those seeking asylum and those granted refugee status, particularly by the provision of advice and guidance;

  • To advance the education of the public in general about the issues relating to refugees and those seeking asylum.

Before COVID-19, RAY’s work included:

  • A weekly drop-in (The Hub) for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant families providing English and Turkish language classes, craft activities for children, and an information and sign-posting service;

  • A weekly youth group for young people from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant families;

  • A weekly coffee morning;

  • Outreach with and for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in York.

Since March 2020 RAY has been unable to run any of our usual services. Instead, all our support has had to change to being virtual. At the same time, because of a shortage of Initial Asylum Accommodation caused by the pandemic, the Home Office began to house Asylum Seekers in hotels across the UK.

One of these hotels is in York, and RAY began to support the Asylum Seekers living there by collecting donations of clothing, shoes, used mobile phones, and other items to distribute. RAY visits the hotel to give out these donations, offers help with understanding Asylum paperwork, a telephone befriending service, and provides English classes in the hotel in partnership with York Learning.

Through our visits, RAY learned that a number of the Asylum Seekers in the York hotel are talented artists, and we wanted to give them an opportunity to showcase some of their work. We also hoped to use one of their artworks as the basis for our RAY Christmas card this year, so we gave them an optional theme of “Winter” for their exhibition.

We’re delighted to present below a selection of the artworks they have produced.

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Art Exhibition

The artworks are currently on show in the windows of Aroma Coffee Shop in Haxby.

Select an image to view at a larger size.

© Images copyright their respective artists and published here with permission, arranged through Refugee Action York —

What is a refugee? What is an asylum seeker? Are there many refugees and asylum seekers in the UK? Which countries help the most refugees?

Many of us don’t really know much about asylum seekers and refugees. If you’d like to find out more, please take a few minutes to read through Facts About Refugees at the main Refugee Action website:

Facts About Refugees

Some of the facts and figures there might surprise you.

As you can see from the beautiful artwork above, these aren’t just figures or news headlines but real people, with hidden talents — people who need love, care and support: particularly during this pandemic.

If you attend Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church and would like to help RAY and their work, please check our weekly News Sheet to see what they are currently in need of, and contact Steph Cooper if you have something you’d like to donate.

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