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Cornwall to create a virtual dolls house for refugee week

A community art project is being launched across Cornwall to celebrate diversity as part of National Refugee Week.

The giant dolls’ house project asks participants to make a dolls’ house in a shoebox, with the aim of helping Cornwall Council share stories of welcome and hope and exploring some of the challenges facing the 13 refugee families who have settled in Cornwall.

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The boxes will be displayed in a virtual gallery on the Together for Families and Cornwall Council Instagram feeds.

Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Julian German, said: “The motto of Cornwall is ‘One and All’ and already we have seen communities here working together to embrace refugee families.  There are local support groups, who have sponsored families and supported them with accommodation and getting on their feet. 

“This project is a great way to demonstrate how we are all connected in some way, but how we all have individual stories to tell.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this comes together and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”

The Giant Dolls’ house is a community arts project that raises awareness for homelessness and refugees by showing that everyone needs a space of their own to be part of a community. The project has travelled to the US, Dubai, India and has been part of the London Festival of Architecture for the last five years.

Adults and children from all walks of life and all ages are able to take part and it’s hoped schools across Cornwall will also embrace this project.

Portfolio Holder for Children, Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “Right now, across the world, children are waking in fear of war or famine and Cornwall has played a small part in helping some escape that.

“We all share one thing in common; we all have hopes and dreams for the future and this project is about recognising that and bringing people together.”

To join us take a picture of your box, write a few lines about it and tag us @TFFCornwall on Instagram.  Or you can email your picture to