Who are we?

A project by: The Open University Development Office



from 3 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 21 May 2018
Exploring migration, displacement and citizenship through art

How you can help change perceptions towards refugees and migrants?

What's the challenge?

Many people’s world today is dominated by modern technology and social media. However, are people really any closer? Are people across borders actually more connected? ‘Who are we’ and ‘what is community’ in these tumultuous times?

Global displacement and the ‘free’ movement of people are often viewed with prejudice and stereotypically. Issues around citizenship, equality and human rights have never been more urgent for communities of place, for economic migrants and those seeking refuge from war-torn countries.

The idea of helping to create stronger ideas of ‘togetherness’ can be created through conversation, interaction and exchange. Without this, refugees and migrants, will always have these ‘labels’ and not be seen as an individual ‘person’ or as fully belonging to the communities in which they live.


The Open University, working in collaboration with the not-for-profit, Counterpoints Arts, are crowdfunding to inspire new audiences to think about diversity, identity, migration, cultures and citizenship in new ways not previously considered and also to behave differently within their own communities and everyday lives.

Bringing together audiences to encourage a better understanding of the issues faced by refugees and migrants in this country, the Who are we? exhibition provides the unique opportunity to interact with both artists and their artwork.

Your donation means that we can make the Who are We? exhibition project an even more dynamic, fulfilling and rewarding experience for visitors.

WHAT Is who are we?

Who are We? 2018 forms part of the open experiment of Tate Exchange (Tate Modern). It’s a free   6-day event running from 22nd-27th May with 'drop-in' activities spanning: the visual arts, film and photography, design and architecture, digital cultures, the spoken and written word and Live Art.

This week of activity has been specifically designed for Tate Exchange around the ethos of collaboration, innovation, conversation, exchange and learning. Following Tate Exchange’s 2018 focus on ‘production’, we will explore the ‘production of people and place’ and new civic acts facilitated through the arts in rural and urban areas.

The installations will invite participation together with co-production workshops, Learning Labs, symposia and ‘calls to action’ – all inviting the audience to explore themes such as housing, the politics of teaching a language, the design of a hostile environment versus community design, new skills and social enterprise, rural, regional and urban ecosystems and transformations, food and environmental and racial justice.


Your money will help more artists and practitioners, many of them from migrant and refugee backgrounds, to contribute to the debate through the week-long public programme of activities, installation and events to which the public are invited to engage and participate.


Donating couldn’t be simpler. Just click on the pledge here button at the top of the page and pledge your amount. Remember, this is all or nothing fundraising so if we don’t reach our minimum of £1000 we will receive nothing, so please be generous!

Don’t forget to check out the fantastic rewards.

We have some amazing rewards on offer:

£25: 30 minute conversation and cup of tea with an artist and an explanation of their piece of work at the Who are we? Tate Exchange (Tuesday 22nd – Sunday 27th May, date tbc)

£50: 45 minute conversation and cup of tea and guided tour with an OU academic at the Who are we? Tate Exchange (Tuesday 22nd May)

£100: One hour afternoon tea with an OU academic and an artist in the Tate Modern Café (Tuesday 22nd May)

£150: Afternoon with Counterpoints Arts at their office in Hoxton, London, and be inspired through hearing about their mission to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees (Date tbc)

£200: Invitation to a Refugee Week (18-24 June) event in London and tea/cake and explanation of event by Counterpoints (Refugee Week is coordinated and produced by Counterpoints Arts)

£300: A day with Iranian artist and photographer, Farhad Berahman, on his photography commission at the b-side festival on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.  (Date tbc)

£350:  A day with Rachel Ashton and a conversation with Gaza strip artist, May Murad, as part of the Walking without Walls project at Deveron Projects, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. (Date tbc)

£400: A printmaking workshop with artists at Arthouse, Wakefield Yorkshire (Date tbc)