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Katia Kameli: Ritournelle

21 October 2017 to 15 January 2018

In recent years Newcastle upon Tyne has been at the forefront of the imperative to welcome asylum seekers and refugees to Britain. Art+ChristianityEnquiry (A+CE) is delighted to announce an exhibition that considers themes of residency, migration and belonging within the context of a medieval, city-centre church. Ritournelle (once more, from the top) is the result of Katia Kameli’s artist-residency at St John the Baptist in Newcastle, programmed in collaboration with Platforma, an arts and refugee network. This new site-specific art work fills the small diamond panes of glass with coloured film, in patterns that recall design and architecture motifs native to some of the primary countries from which refugees and migrants relocate to Newcastle. Wanting also to create a sound work, Kameli invited migrants and refugees from the city, as well as members of the church choir, to sing a song which reminds them of home. These songs were recorded in situ at St John the Baptist.

The Church of St John the Baptist is on Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JG. Opening hours are: 9am-3.30pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-1pm Friday and Saturday.

A day-long event in Newcastle will take place on Friday 27 October with panel discussions and opportunities to visit other sites in the Platforma Festival. Please visit for more information.

Image: Ingrid Tchamabe singing at St John’s Church, Newcastle. Photo: Katia Kameli