Dublin City University hosts open-air refugee exhibition supported by DPER’s Public Service Innovation Fund

From the 25th of February until the 11th of March 2022, Dublin City University will host an open-air exhibition at its St Patrick’s Campus – as part of a €25,000 project under the Public Service Innovation Fund 2021. Bringing together the voices and experiences of people seeking refuge in Ireland the We are here, HEAR exhibit, through a collection of photographs and stories, documents some of the barriers faced by refugees and people in the protection process aspiring to further their education. 

The project was created by Dr. Sarah Meaney-Sartori with the We are here, HEAR Project Team. It was then developed by the Maynooth University Access Programme and College Connect in collaboration with Dublin City University, the Irish Refugee Council and Dublin Castle. 

This is an open-air touring exhibition and a website of photographs and stories from refugees on the barriers they have experienced accessing Higher Education in Ireland. We are here, HEAR is about raising awareness about the presence of refugees in Ireland, and bringing their voices into public spaces to highlight some of the considerable challenges they experience.   

The exhibition can also be accessed online at where people are invited to leave feedback or reflections on the exhibit.  

Please register for the launch event here.