New Speaker Studio at the Refugee Festival Scotland 2018

New Speaker Studio at the Refugee Festival Scotland 2018

still image from
'New Speaker Stories'
a 20 minute film
by Deirdre MacKenna
2017
© Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

We’re delighted to invite you to The New Speaker Studio for a second year of collaboration with The Milk Café and The Refugee Festival Scotland.

This exhibition of film and photographs explores the experience of speaking new languages in Scotland today.

Stories of being a New Speaker in Scotland were narrated by Agata Urbanska, Brian Thunder, Daniele Sambo, Hanneke Scott-Van Weil, Leena Nammari, Miren Manias, Nadifa Essa and Nina Bacos who relocated to Scotland from the Basque Country, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Palestine, Poland, Somalia and Sweden. Their stories were developed by Deirdre MacKenna into the New Speaker Studio which is a series of films, images and texts which invite us to stop and think about the challenges and achievements involved when speaking new languages.

Deirdre asked the New Speakers to identify an object which held significance for them as a symbol of their language journeys. These images substitute the archetypal portrait-image of the interviewee in photography and film and encourage us to concentrate on the interviewees’ stories rather than their image.

Milk Café is a Community Interest Company (CIC) initiated specifically to provide opportunities for integration to people who are new to the community. It is located on Victoria Road, Glasgow in the community which is one of the most cultural diverse in Scotland. Milk Café has become a recognised hub for inter cultural exchange and support. Milk Café operates in two ways: until 5pm daily as a normal commercial café, providing 50% of its employment to people recently moved to the community, and after 5pm daily, as a community resource where individuals and agencies provide non-profit activities including English language lessons, youth club and other activities.

The New Speaker Studio was commissioned by Bernadette O’Rourke for the EU COST programme The New Speakers Network which comprises members from 28 EU countries to focus upon the dynamics involved in becoming a ‘New Speaker’ in European communities in which globalisation, mobility and transnational networking are transforming how people use languages.

The exhibition runs until 24 June, and is a further development of Cultural Documents’ collaboration with the Refugee Festival in 2016 and 2017.

On Monday 18th June, please join us at ‘On the Border of Art and Teaching in the Multilingual World’, a one day workshop exploring experimental methods of teaching languages to adults and children in multicultural situations; inspired by the example of Milk Café supporting speakers of new languages, and the New Speaker Studio exhibition, the workshop includes a Keynote, case studies and collaborative sessions between artists, teachers, academics, learners and speakers. The workshop is devised by Marta Nitecka Barche (University of Aberdeen), Dobrochna Futro (University of Glasgow) and Deirdre MacKenna (University of Dundee) and funded by The Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.

Please see The Refugee Festival Scotland and Milk Café for more information in the meantime.

Funded by: Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) and Cultural Documents.

Partners: The Milk CaféThe New Speakers Network, Heriot Watt University, University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, University of Dundee,


  • Date from: 15 June 2018
  • Date to: 24 June 2018
  • Glasgow - Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 at Milk Café, 452 Victoria Road G42 8YU
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still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

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