Refugee Tales walkers – Photo by Oliver Marshall
New exhibition examines immigration detention 

A new exhibition exploring the nature and impact of immigration detention is coming to Stockton. 
The Walking Inquiry into Immigration Detention was created by Refugee Tales, an outreach project of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. 
The charity supports people during and after detention near Gatwick Airport and is coming to the region with the cooperation of Teesside charity, Justice First.
The multimedia exhibition shares the voices and experiences of people who have been detained, volunteer visitors who offer support and other participants in the innovative inquiry. 
Using an experimental approach, the charity harnessed the power of walking, talking and thinking together to consider the experience of immigration detention and its long-term impacts for individuals and for society. 
Contributions include artworks, poetry, written prose, letters and postcards, audio recordings and a series of short films.
The inquiry’s shape and direction are determined by people with lived experience of immigration detention, who the charity believes are often silenced in our society. 
In taking its travelling exhibition out on the road, Refugee Tales hopes to raise awareness and increase understanding by shining a light on the daily realities and complex and enduring impact of immigration detention. 
The free exhibition is at Stockton Baptist Church, The Square, Stockton TS18 1TE from Monday May 15 to Thursday May 18.
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