First-hand experiences of refugees arriving in Scotland are on display in a powerful new photography exhibition hosted at the Kelvingrove Art Museum.

The free exhibition, titled Claiming Back the Narrative makes up part of Refugee Festival Scotland and is available to view until 25 June.

In 2016, newly arrived refugees in Scotland were given disposable cameras, journals and art supplies by Glasgow charity Refuweegee, and invited to share their experiences of life in the city.

The resulting images offer a personal insight into the photographers’ hopes and aspirations, sense of home and belonging, and the intense emotions they go through after being forced to leave their home countries.

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Refuweegee, and Oxfam Scotland who are supporting the exhibition, hope that it will allow members of the public to better understand the immense difficulties refugees face and the challenges forced upon them when moving to a new city, from the first-hand experiences of

Selina Hales, Director, Refuweegee says: “Far too rarely are refugee voices given the platform to be heard. To be able to give space to these too often unheard narratives in such an iconic building as the Kelvingrove is amazing.

I hope that many people will engage with the photographers’ pictures and words, and take away a better understanding of what life is like living as a refugee in Glasgow.”

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Yaman Chalan, who arrived in Glasgow in 2015 from the Syrian capital Damascus and is now a student and translator adds: “When I first arrived in Glasgow, I had a new environment, a new culture and new faces to get used to, so the first six months was hard.

“I hope visitors to the exhibition can see my pictures and understand better what it is like to leave your home and come to a new city alone.

“Scotland has been a welcoming place to arrive in and I am happy to share my pictures with everyone who visits the exhibition.”