100 Images of Migration

About the exhibition

100 Images of Migration is our flagship exhibition. It brings together diverse images by professional and amateur photographers – images that say something about migration to or from the UK.

View the online gallery to browse the images.

In 2013 we ran a competition with the Guardian newspaper, calling for images that said something about migration to or from the UK. We received over 600 contributions, from amateur and professional photographers. The stories carried in these images range from the unique to the everyday; together they tell a compelling story about what migration means now to people across the UK. For a view of the full range of images submitted as part of the competition, and to upload your own, visit our Flickr site.

From these contributions, the judging panel selected 100 images that they considered the most resonant, and these have formed the basis of our flagship touring exhibition. First displayed at Hackney Museum in 2013, it has gone on to tour around venues in London, Leicester and Luton. After Hackney, it went to Senate House (London) and the offices of Freedom from Torture in London. It then had a fantastic in-depth run at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester University with pop-ups at Leicester train station, BBC Radio Leicester and around Leicester University Campus. It came back to London in 2015 for a run at the Heritage Gallery in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, followed by a stint at Wardown Park Museum in Luton. It also formed an important part of Adopting Britain, a Southbank Centre exhibition curated in partnership with Counterpoints Arts.

The exhibition continues to attract interest around the UK, with venues lined up well into 2016. The idea, in all cases, is that venues adopting the exhibition also adapt it, adding to it images from the venue’s immediate environment and thereby telling the local story. In this way, we hope, the exhibition grows and becomes ever more representative of the visual story of migration in the country.