The Hiraeth Project is inspired by an 'untranslatable' Welsh word conveying a deep longing for a home you can never return to, or maybe never was. It's closest English equivalent would be a profound nostalgia or sense of homesickness. The project explores the borders of domesticity and migrating homes; it examines the spatiality of belonging and/or alienation and how different people relate to 'home' - be that the landscape they move through, the people they love, the language(s) they speak in or the food they eat.
In summer 2019, the first Hiraeth project ran in Cambridge, UK, with a group of teenage refugees and asylum-seekers. We worked in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire's Virtual School for Looked After Children, Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign and Cambridge 105 on a series of creative workshops running in conjunction with the production of a radio show/podcast. You can find out more about this project here.