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Vessels, Emii Alrai and Dominion Training, Trinity Walk, YSI 2019. Image: Nick Singleton

Emii Alrai

Emii’s practice is concerned with the themes of identity, particularly between Britain and the Middle East. She is intrigued by the residue which is left by these cultural collisions, which manifests itself in the western appropriation of cultural objects, artefact and language. She often reconstructs Middle Eastern artefacts found both in British museum collections and personal family history. Through positioning her fabricated sculptures as artefact, she aims to create new narratives and reconsider western history from new viewpoints.

For Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 Emii worked with community group Dominion Training in Wakefield to explore the personal histories of refugees and migrants, making connections between cultural objects in Wakefield collections and those newly arriving.

Engagement Project: Dominion Training

Our engagement programme

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 had an extensive engagement programme, working with schools, universities, communities and artists.

We explored sculpture with people of all ages, connecting them with the materials and processes used in making sculpture today and showing how sculpture can be found all around us.

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