Wyke student Ethar Dirar and her family are celebrating the success of their art exhibition “Drawing Time” which was held at the WISE Building to coincide with the city’s Freedom Festival. Last year, Ethar successfully completed a Foundation year at Wyke and has now progressed onto A Level Chemistry, Biology and Fine Art.
The exhibition tells the story of the Dirar family’s journey from war to peace. From Darfur in Western Sudan, to Libya, four years in a refugee camp in Egypt, and finally to resettlement in Hull. The family will recount their journey through their artwork and words, drawn and painted onto a reconstructed refugee tent as an installation.
In 2015 Ethar and her family, were given the chance to resettle in Hull through the UK government’s UN gateway resettlement programme. The family had fled from war-torn Darfur to safety, across borders in the back of trucks, in cars and on boats. During their flight, the family of six spent four years living in a tent in the Salloum Refugee Camp in Egypt.
To help cope with the cramp living conditions of the tent, Ethar’s mother organised art workshops and drawing competitions. She acquired basic materials, pens and crayons, from the aid agencies at the camp. Soon the walls of their tent became their visual gallery of coping with their situation and a life in limbo. The tent walls became the backdrop for their storyboard of memories, thoughts, hopes and dreams.
“Drawing Time” at the WISE Building, next to the Wilberforce Museum in the Hull old town, runs until September 9th. Admission is free.