Strange Land: Laura Porter

The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, EX38 8HQ

01805 622552
[email protected]
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Saturday 12 January 2019 – Saturday 09 February 2019
Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

The word ‘refugee’ derives from the French term ‘refuge’, meaning hiding place and the Latin term ‘fugere’meaning to flee. It was coined in 1685 to describe the French Protestants who arrived on the shores of England in order to avoid persecution from the Catholic state – today we refer to them as the Huguenots. The artist Laura Porter has been researching the history of a group of Huguenots who arrived in North Devon in a small boat at Appledore on the 1st December 1685. She has produced an art installation that both marks that event and looks at what it means to become a refugee today.

 

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