In 2022, the Glucksman teamed up with UCC Failte Refugees Society to run a yearlong project with young asylum seekers called All Together. This is a project that provides creative opportunities for young asylum seekers living in the rural, isolated Direct Provision centre in Clonakilty, West Cork. The project supports young asylum seekers to work with third level students and with invited artists to create innovative artworks that will bring their voice and views into the public realm.
Following the European Solidarity Corps Art in Action project in 2019, UCC Failte Refugees Society worked with Cork Migrant Centre to identify the young people in the Cork region that are in the greatest need of extracurricular activities, positive opportunities and creative experiences. The All Together project has the twin objectives of providing meaningful, creative experiences for this disadvantaged community and increasing the visibility of refugees and migrants in society. The teenagers lead on all aspects of the project, making decisions on art mediums, themes and on the final outcome.
The teenagers worked with artist Elisa Babkina to create a new artwork for University College Cork. The artwork shares their message of inclusivity, equality and respect. It brings together their experiences and ideas and shares a message of positivity with the university community. The large scale mural is displayed on the side of the Student Hub building and will remain in place until 30 June 2023.
The group worked with artist Sean Downey using photography and film to capture their experiences of the project and the welcome they received in the university.
The All Together mural is on display at the UCC Student Hub until 30 June 2023.
With thanks to:
The talented teenagers from The Lodge, Clonakilty, UCC Fáilte Refugees Society, The Glucksman Team, Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers , Elisa Babkina, Seán Downey, Ze Bateira, Tadhg Crowley, SallyAnn Lenehan, Jess Farr, Kate O’Sullivan, Sinead McSweeney, Helen O’Keeffe, Claire Coughlan, Marta Correia, Olivia O’Keeffe , Megan O’Brien, Claudia Zedda, Amano Miura, Mair Kelly, Meabh Lonergan, Denise Kelleher, Naia Tebar, Iseult Cahill, Ghufran Albander, Kate O'Sullivan.