Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy is an exhibition of artworks created by young asylum seekers and refugees from across the Chichester District, presented at Chichester Cathedral from 14th – 21st June to mark Refugee Week 2021.

Developed by Article 12 Arts in collaboration with Sanctuary in Chichester, the exhibition aims to provide the young artists with an opportunity to creatively express themselves, develop artistic skills and to voice their experiences. The artworks will also help draw attention to the plight of these young refugees, providing insight into what brings each of them joy.

Tears of Joy is open to the public from 14th to 21st June 2021 and forms part of this year’s Festival of Chichester programme of events. The Cathedral’s opening times are Monday – Saturday (10.00am – 4.00pm) and Sunday (12.00pm – 2.00pm).


As part of the exhibition, Article 12 Arts will be holding two textiles masterclass workshops on Saturday 19th June, provided by leading fashion designer Rene Macdonald and costume designer/textile artist Caroline Pitcher. There are limited places available to the public, and profits from ticket sales will feed back into the work of Article 12 Arts. To book your space, visit: https://www.yapart.co.uk