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The art showcased in the “Drawn Together – Yhteen Piirretyt” exhibition portrays how young refugees are building new lives in Finland, Norway, and Scotland. The artists sought asylum in their new countries as minors, without their families. Many of them arrived around 2015. Now, as young adults, they have learned to live in a new society, with a new language, and alongside new people. The theme uniting the art is how these young individuals have constructed their well-being in relation to others.

The exhibition is based on the international research project “Drawn Together”, funded by NordForsk. The project’s name reflects our aim to bring people together. Over three years, we have worked with young refugees, their families, researchers, artists, and art therapists using research and art. The original artworks, photographs, and videos presented in the exhibition depict the young people’s reflections on safety, hope, belonging, and success. As a whole, the artworks serve as a reminder of how young refugees enrich our diverse society.

“Drawn Together – Yhteen piirretyt” exhibition: March 18th to April 12th, 2024
Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Main building of Tampere University, Kalevankatu 4, 33100 Tampere

The “Drawn Together” project is funded by NordForsk (2020-2024). For more information, please visit the project’s website:

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