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The Who Are We? project

Updated Monday, 11th September 2017

How artists and academics can work together to develop new avenues for exchange and influence

Who Are We? Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Giota Alevizou

During March 2017, The Open University, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, The University of Warwick and Loughborough University organized a free six-day cross-platform event, spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, the spoken and written word as well as live and digital art as part of Tate Exchange Programme.

The event took over a year to produce and was staged between 14 - 19 March  at the Tate Modern in London. It generated nearly 5000 visitors and participants during those days, and a large social media following.

The event has explored aspects of belonging, migration, citizenship and participation under the big question ‘Who are We?’ Artists, activists and academics from countries including England, Scotland, Poland, Finland, Iraq, Italy, Germany, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Romania, Greece, Spain, Israel, USA and South Africa were part of a programme exploring the questions:

  • What does the notion of ‘We’ mean today in the UK, in Europe and globally?
  • What are we remembering, what are we forgetting, and with what consequences?
  • How does our colonial past connect to today’s migratory movements?
  • Can the creative uses of art, research and activism show us a glimpse of another ‘We’?

Most events were interactive and were also be seminars, learning labs and symposia. The full programme and further resources are available at: You can still follow and engage with the project on social media (@WhoAreWe_2017 on Twitter and Instagram or, have a look at this Openlearn website.





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