Journeys Drawn: Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. We're getting involved by sharing videos by some of the artists included in Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis, our forthcoming exhibition telling refugee stories, both observed and experienced first-hand.


  • Becky Brewis
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This infinite zoom comic by Karrie Fransman is inspired by the true stories of four Eritrean refugees who fled their homes to make the dangerous journey across Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya to Europe. It was commissioned by non-profit PositiveNegatives who produce comics, animations and podcasts from personal testimonies in order to educate about and advocate for social and human rights issues.

You can get involved with Refugee Week by sharing one of the 20 refugee stories you can read here. One of these is that of Majid Adin, an Iranian filmmaker and refugee whose interpretation of Elton John’s iconic hit Rocket Man tells a new story of adventure, loneliness and hope. 

The film will be included in our exhibition and you can read more about his journey out of a refugee camp and into Rocket Man here.

The exhibition will also include this film Majid Adin made for the charity Help RefugeesThe Journey follows a young Syrian boy whose home has been torn apart by war. Separated from his family during an aerial attack on his home, the young boy embarks on a long, dangerous journey to be reunited with his parents. 

Want to find out more? See how Rocket Man was made (video below) and find out how you can get involved with Refugee Week 2018 by following the #SimpleActs hashtag on Twitter.  

Journeys Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis opens at House of Illustration on 9 November 2018.