The Sanctuary Awards – supported by the UK City of Sanctuary movement – celebrate organizations’ commitment to ensuring a warm and inclusive welcome for all.
Last year, Swansea celebrated 10 years as a Sanctuary City, and the gallery award helps to illustrate the region’s continued support to refugees and asylum seekers.
For the past six years, Glynn Vivian has worked with Swansea City of Sanctuary to deliver weekly art sessions led by and for refugees and asylum seekers in the local community.
member of the council Robert francis davies said: âSwansea is a welcoming city and our cultural sector plays a huge role in it. “
A City of Sanctuary event took place at the Volcano Theater in downtown Swansea on November 12. This saw the gallery officially accept its new status.
Supported by a participation grant from the Art Council of Wales and the Friends of the Glynn Vivian, the gallery offers workshops, events, art resources and materials to people.
The pandemic saw the creation of a welcome banner; this has been on display at the gallery and will be on display at the National Waterfront Museum next year.
Other projects by the gallery’s host group have included community exhibits at Glynn Vivian, a mosaic exhibit at Morriston Hospital, and portraits of participants on palisades around the emerging Copr Bay neighborhood in the city center. .
Member of the Sanctuary City Committee and asylum seeker Funmilayo onaliyan said: âThe Glynn Vivian is doing a fantastic job. Staff and visitors learn from sanctuary seekers and involve them in creative activities.
Thanuja Hettiarachchi, Refugee and 10th Anniversary Program Coordinator for Swansea City of Sanctuary, said: âGlynn Vivian is doing everything possible to include sanctuary seekers in all their activities.
Glynn Vivian commissioner Karen MacKinnon said: âWe are delighted to become the UK’s premier sanctuary gallery. “
Managing Director of City of Sanctuary in the UK SiÃ¢n Summers-Rees said: “The Glynn Vivian reflects our concept of sanctuary in the arts so well.”