Skip to main content

Material Stories


Material Stories of Migration is a collaborative arts project based in Sheffield in which migrants work creatively with local artists and researchers. We use a flexible ‘artslab’ format to spark explorations of the lived experiences of migrants from a wide range of backgrounds, opening up conversations and sharing stories of home, family, journeying and arrival.


 We begin with broad themes, for example ‘map’, ‘journey’, ‘home’, ‘story’ and ‘memory’, and responses to these emerge collaboratively, often unexpected ways.Our aim is to combine the varied skills and enthusiasms of participants with the expertise. 



A series of multimedia workshops that used poetry, painting, music and film to explore journeys to Sheffield and the relationships that asylum seekers and refugees have woven with the city. Participants and undergraduate students worked collaboratively with artists from Arts on the Run, a network that promotes cultural diversity in the arts. The workshops developed creative approaches to displacement and cultural difference as participants created pieces inspired by objects (real or imagined) that had resonance for them, either as reminders of home or markers of their arrival in and familiarity with Sheffield.


















Popular posts from this blog

Spaces Once Hold Memories... Trelex Amazon Residency

Trelex Amazon Residency Reflections,
I could write two posts to describe the amazing space that Trelex Amazon and Rainforest Expeditions provided for us, one for Refugio and one for TRC (Tambopata Research Centre.) The lodges are incredible. Being in a jungle and far away from the world is an exhilarating experience. Having a whole month in the rainforest and in this environment allowed me to relax and absorb the space, the people, the jungle and myself. The art of exploration could not get any more comfortable and luxurious.Was I spoiled? Yes, very much so and I love the memory that stays with me.
I developed 2 major bodies of work during my residency in the Amazon at the Rainforest Expedition Lodges. One of them is a photography series and the other one is experimental electronic soundscapes.
Experimental Soundscapes: Ayse Balko, Amazon, Come To Tower With Me


    Listen on:    Soundcloud
Photography Gallery Spaces Once Hold Memories:





Displacement - Memory - Re-designing Identity
My Inspira…

A Brief Look onto My Abortion Experience

I am not trying to be a voice for every woman in the world. These are my and some of my friends' experiences on our abortions.
I do understand why some people might be against abortion. I appreciate the effort of granting the best what we can to the world we live in.  Saving lives matters. That is their deed and I accept this actuality. No intention of mine towards changing them. I am only asking to live their reality far out of my reach. We still remark each other. I am the woman who they are against.
Abortion is not just about "my body my decision". It is about "my life, my future, and a little person’s possible deprived and unhealthy future" if has not been fit to raise them.  
Hey, have a vision, maybe,I am saving you from a potential serial killer.  
If a woman is not in a right state or doesn’t have the means to look after herself, the child is going to have a very hard time growing up.
I am not suggesting, we should force the women to have the babies they don&…

The Voice at the Migration Matters Festival, Commissioned by Arts on The Run

The Voice is a 2 video projection on 3D objects sculpted by the artist. It is commisioned by the Arts on The Run, for the Migration Matters Festival.




The Voice, explores the struggle to find their voices of immigrant/refugee artists in the UK. 2 video and audio installation on sculpted and distorted 3D surfaces. The project was funded by Arts on The Run and Migration Matters Festival i 2016. Artist: Ayse Balko