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ESTONIAN, Latvian and Lithuanian artists have come together to host a new exhibition at Moores Gallery, celebrating the 100-year independence anniversary of the three countries.
The KOPA exhibition was inspired by the 25th Song and Dance Festival in Riga.
Organiser Maris Raudzins said he recognised the importance of the 100-year anniversary for the three countries.
“The occupation of the Communist regime has scattered the Baltic people throughout the world,” he said.“Latvia is having a five-year celebration of that event, but I wanted to expand it from being just Latvian, to include Estonia and Lithuania as well.
“After all, all three countries regained their independence at the same time once the Soviet Union collapsed from within.”
The exhibition will include life-size metal sculptures, paintings, installations and 3D works.
Artist Robyn Varpins said she hoped others would recognise the shared stories of the artists.
“It seems appropriate, therefore, that these artists, all with migrant backgrounds, have come together to show their art,” she said.
“Migration affects our sense of place and identity and, although some of the artists in this exhibition may be second or third generation, they are still connected to their ancestors as well as this adopted homeland.”
The exhibition ends October 8 at Moores Gallery.