Imagine Lantern House

This exciting project was part of the International Refugee Week, themed ‘Imagine’ for the 2020 edition. We invited adults and children of all ages to create a paper lantern house to share their solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers during the difficult times generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many refugees and asylum seekers were displaced from their accommodations in Glasgow due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Moreover, financial support stopped and was replaced with communal meals, eaten alongside others despite the risk this represented to their health, both physical and mental. 

Sadly, such government measures became commonplace across the world amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, due to restrictions imposed across Europe, support groups and officials struggled to provide  food and shelter for migrants and asylum seekers sleeping outdoors. Many refugees found themselves more vulnerable than ever, enduring life without proper sanitation and food shortages.

We believe that connected communities are more resilient against political and  global adversities and small creative actions can have an enormous positive impact on the awareness, visibility and tackling of social problems so to bring change. Although Refugee Week 2020 is over, you can still join this small, creative act of solidarity; please follow instructions on our get involved section bellow.


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Get Involved

1.- You can download our Imagine Lantern House template and instructions from Workshops & Resources.

2.- Once your house is assembled, post a picture using the hashtags #IMAGINELAMP, #REFUGEEWEEK2020 & #GLASGOWWOMENSLIBRARY and tag @distancedassemblage so we can add your photo to our online gallery. 

3.- We would also love to include your creative words on the theme of refugees as part of this project. You can write a short statement to go with your picture, here are some ideas to get you started:

- Take a step back from the current moment and imagine the world you want to live in. What would your community, your city or the planet look like if you made the rules? Where does your imagination take you?

- Write a poem or statement starting with
'Imagine if...' or 'Imagine a world where...' or 'A home is where...'

- Imagine you had to leave your home behind.  What would you take with you?  What would you hope to find?

Not on social media? You can send us a photo of your Imagine Lantern House and your statement by email.

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