Volunteering, Displacement and Livelihoods: Photographs by Young Refugees in Uganda

Side profile of a one-storey building with a narrow veranda down the left hand side. on the side facing the camera is a painted mural of a young black woman with a higly decorated face and facemask. Words on the mural include 'We heal, we learn and shine together'.

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Booking for the exhibition is not required. Places for the talk are limited and must be booked in advance.

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Professor Sarah Mills

An exhibition showcasing original photographs taken by young refugees in Uganda.

About the exhibition

Forced displacement is a significant global challenge affecting millions of people worldwide. Today, Uganda hosts around 1.5 million refugees, the majority of which are children and young people. Professor Sarah Mills (School of Social Sciences and Humanities) has been part of a wider international research team focusing on the kinds of voluntary labour practiced by young refugees and related themes via the Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU) project. The photographs featuring in the exhibition are taken by young refugees and capture their experiences of volunteering and everyday lives. The exhibition also features an interactive board game and materials.

The RYVU project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund and led by Professor Matt Baillie Smith (Northumbria University) in collaboration with academics at Loughborough University (UK), Uganda Martyrs University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), and with local NGOs and young refugees themselves. To find out more about the project, the team and access publications, blog posts, videos and more, visit the RYVU project website.

The exhibition is open from Monday 19 June to Tuesday 4 July, from 12-2pm (weekdays only). It is free to attend and no booking is necessary.

This exhibition is part of World Refugee Week (19-25 June 2023), the world’s largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. To coincide with World Refugee Day, Professor Sarah Mills from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities will give a talk to accompany the exhibition followed by a tour of the exhibition. This will take place on Tuesday 20 June from 5pm and places must be booked in advance. 

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There is step-free access into the exhibition space via a ramp and side door. During opening hours, there will be an invigilator on duty in the gallery. If you require their assistance, then please alert them on arrival by calling to them or waving at them – the entrance to the gallery is fully glazed and the main entrance door should be open.

If you have any specific access requirements then please contact luarts@lboro.ac.uk in advance of your visit and we will do our best to accommodate them.


There are toilets located on the ground floor of Martin Hall including an accessible toilet. There is step-free access into this building.

Martin Hall Cafe serves light refreshments and is open from 8.30am to 5pm Mon-Fri. It is located behind the gallery.

There is free car parking on campus (subject to availability on the day) and the nearest car park is Car Park 9. Please report to Security at the main entrance and they will issue a visitors’ pass and direct you to here. 

If you are travelling by public transport, you can take the Sprint Bus from Loughborough railway station or the town centre (Ashby Square) and alight at Loughborough College. Cross Epinal Way at the pedestrian crossing and keep going straight ahead to enter campus. This brings you onto Shirley Pearce Square with Martin Hall on the left. 

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Photo credit: Justine Tuisenge