House, Refuge, Shelter

ORTA (Lucy and Jorge Orta) (1992-98) Refuge Wear are temporary shelters and architectures that can be transformed into clothing to offer protection from harsh conditions and shelter in emergency situations.

What is the meaning of home?

What does home mean to others?

Where do we belong?

Are we home to ourselves?

Making oneself at home.

Hiding place.

Getting one’s house in order.


When a house is not a home.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Home as a support structure and scaffolding.


Survival shelter.

Take cover.

Seeking refuge.

Migration, territory and displacement.

A home away from home.

Emergency shelter.

A studio practice facilitated by Rachel Glynne, Lecturer in Foundation Studies, Ulster University

Gallagher, A. (2021) Home [Mixed media]. Northern Ireland: Personal Collection

“Home was created with a domestic theme in mind, selecting, layering and fusing plastic shopping bags with an iron to create a mixed media collage. Ideas surrounding the environment, domestic life, safety and looking beyond face value surfaced while exploring this theme” (A. Gallagher, 2021).

Milligan, O. (2021) Home. [Mixed media]. Northern Ireland: Personal Collection
Whitaker, P. [2020] Covid-19 retreat. [Natural materials]. Dublin: Personal Collection.
Jacir, E. (2002) Tent [Canvas and Embroidery]. National Museum of Contemporary Art: Athens
Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (2019) In-Habit [Cardboard]. Kanazawa: Japan.
Tello, A. (20210. My Syr­i­an room [Mixed media]. Leeds: Personal Collection

“A work­shop in Leeds pro­vid­ed a plat­form for a group of Syr­i­an women from dif­fer­ent back­grounds to express them­selves through art and share sto­ries to form strong bonds and com­mu­ni­cate to the world the bright side of our beau­ti­ful coun­try, Syr­ia, the cra­dle of civ­i­liza­tion”
The Giant Dollhouse Project, London Festival of Architecture (2016)

“The Giant Dolls’ house project is an inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tive arts project. It engages local com­mu­ni­ties and rais­es aware­ness for home­less­ness and refugees. The aim of the project is to make peo­ple aware of the impor­tance of a home and com­mu­ni­ty for all and to cel­e­brate a unit­ed diversity. 

Fur­ther­more, the idea of ​‘just mak­ing’ has been a great suc­cess. What could be called casu­al craft; find­ing out by mak­ing, tin­ker­ing, using your hands and every­day mate­ri­als, has been an impor­tant theme in the dif­fer­ent instal­la­tions. Think­ing through craft and mak­ing has res­onat­ed with the wide range of par­tic­i­pants who have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the project”

H. (2016) Shelter, Calais, France [Photograph].
Wildschut, H. (2010) Shelter. [Photograph].

Suggested Materials

Recycled corrugated card,

Heavy paper , newspaper,

White card, tissue paper,

Pritt Stick

PVA Glue

Wall paper paste

Masking tape

Needle & thread

Chalk pastel oil pastel,

Paint charcoal,

Pens pencils ,ink, thread,

Wool, scraps of fabric ,

Coloured tissue paper,

Wire, plastic etc

Cutting matt

Craft knife

Steel ruler

Natural Materials