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Sea of Shadows

14 June @ 18:00 - 21:00

Sea of Shadows

An exhibition inspired by the journey to Great Britain of the Basque Children exiled by the Spanish Civil War.

The Instituto Cervantes Manchester is hosting an exhibition called “Sea of Shadows”, inspired by the evacuation to Great Britain of around four thousand Basque girls and boys during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Between March and June of 1937, when the Basque Country was at the epicentre of the conflict, many families from the region made the painful decision to send their children into exile to protect them from death and devastation. Many of these children came to Great Britain. This exhibition recovers previously-unseen photographs and archival materials that bear witness to their lives here.

In addition to honouring the memory of these children and their extraordinary experiences, the exhibition also invites reflection on how their legacy has been passed on to subsequent generations. To illustrate the persistence of memories across generations, the exhibition has commissioned stunning original works by visual artist Judith Martínez Estrada and poet Alicia García-Bergua, herself a descendant of Spanish Civil War exiles. Through images and words, both creators transport us to an evocative realm where affection and the power of emotions prevail.

Join us at the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester, where the exhibition will be on display until the 19 of July 2024. On the opening night, there will be a presentation of the exhibition and the project accompanied by a glass of wine.

In collaboration with the University of Birmingham, the University of Reading, BCA’37 UK – The Association for the UK Basque Children, Intxorta 1937 Kultur Elkartea, Gernika Memoriaren Lekuko, People’s History Museum, The Salvation Army, West Glamorgan Archive Service, UKRI (Arts and Humanities Research Council), University of Southampton, Word Music Image and Consulado General de España in Manchester.

Find out more about Sea of Shadows at Instituto Cervantes Manchester



14 June
18:00 - 21:00
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Instituto Cervantes of Manchester
326 - 330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue
Manchester, M3 4FN United Kingdom
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