What’s on at the Migration Museum – exhibitions, immersive plays, comedy, cooking and more

We’ve got a packed programme of exhibitions, talks, immersive performances, artist-led workshops, comedy nights, cookery classes, walks and more lined up over the next month.

Highlights below – check our website for full details of all upcoming exhibitions, events and activities.

We are also honoured to have been selected as one of the Mayor of Lambeth’s chosen charities by incoming mayor Ibrahim Dogus, and look forward to welcoming visitors from Lambeth and beyond to our exhibitions, events and education workshops during his tenure.


The New Londoners
Until Sunday 26 May 2019
Free admission

A selection of images from photographer Chris Steele-Perkins’ The New Londoners project, a series of family portraits documenting London’s unique cultural richness.




Caribbean Takeaway Takeover – Identities and stories
Thursday 30 May–Sunday 30 June 2019
Free admission

An interactive art and sound installation showcasing stories of Windrush generation elders by artist EVEWRIGHT. The programme will include a Caribbean activity and spoken-word event on Windrush Day (22 June).



Thursday 6 June–Sunday 28 July 2019
Free admission

A collective art exhibition, curated by artist-curator and educator Dima Karout, featuring all of the artists who have taken up residency in the art studio during our Room to Breathe exhibition: Habib Sadat, The New Art Studio, Ceyda Oskay, Shorsh Saleh and Belén L. Yáñez.




TalkingART Lates: Create, Curate, Communicate – with Dima Karout
Thursday 13 June 2019 | 6pm–9pm
Free – register via Eventbrite

As our resident artists’ group show opens, we invite you to meet the artists, hear about their residency experience, the educational programme and participatory artwork they’ve created in a discussion led by visual artist and educator Dima Karout.




TalkingART Lates: Developing and Preserving Black British Stories – with EVEWRIGHT
Thursday 27 June 2019 | 6pm–8pm
Free – register via Eventbrite

Join contemporary artist EVEWRIGHT as he explores the ideas around alternative space and challenges perceptions of where art can be experienced and enjoyed.




Performances and installations

Awakening, Sweet and Sour
Thursday 23 May 2019 | 6.45pm–7.45pm
Migration Museum at The Workshop
£15 – book via Eventbrite

A participatory play by artist in residence Belén L.Yáñez in which roles are assigned, but the story has yet to be written. Don a mask that reveals the guises we all wear in society to hide from one another, play out different social scenarios and reflect on culturally-learned behaviours.




Encounters – participatory video installation
Sunday 26 May, Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019
3pm–3.45pm and 4pm–4.45pm
Free – register via Eventbrite

Encounters is a free participatory video installation by artist in residence Belén L. Yáñez that invites you to play, explore and feel – and empowers you to actively interact with your local community.


Three Mothers
Tuesday 4 June–Thursday 6 June 2019 | 7pm–9pm
Migration Museum at The Workshop
£15 – book via DesignMyNight

Three women, two children, one story. Set in present day Senegal, Bavaria and post WW2 Sudentenland, Three Mothers is an award-winning play by Matilda Velevitch that immerses the audience in the personal lives and the dilemmas facing its three heroes.

Classes and workshops

Fabric of Our Lives
Wednesday 22 May 2019 | 10am–12pm
Free – register via Eventbrite

A free participatory workshop for women to share their stories of migration, presented by Matilda Velvitch, director of award-winning play Three Mothers, and Art Refuge UK.


Global Story Cafe
Saturday 18 May 2019 | 1pm–4pm
Free – advance registration essential

A free community conversation about home, food, migration and belonging, hosted by Stories and Supper. Food and snacks will be served.



Migrateful – Ecuadorian cookery class with Leonor
Tuesday11 June 2019 | 6.30pm–9pm
£35 – includes class and dinner

Leonor will teach you three of her favourite vegetarian Ecuadorian dishes followed by a sit down meal. This is your chance to learn a brand new cuisine, support an amazing cause, and eat great food!


Refugee Week 2019

No Direction Home – stand-up comedy
Tuesday 18 June 2019 | 7pm–9.30pm
£10 – book via Eventbrite (for £8 concession tickets, please email emily@migrationmuseum.org)

Laughter unites us: an evening of stand-up by comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds as part of Refugee Week 2019, hosted by Tom Parry – with guest headliners to be announced soon.


Migration Lates: Refugee Week 2019
Thursday 20 June 2019 | 6pm–9pm
Free – register via Eventbrite

Join us for a special Refugee Week late opening featuring storytelling, performances, art workshops, food and more.


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