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Artist who travelled from Eritrea makes his UK debut in Barking

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:40 24 November 2015

Artist Biniam Ghide painting one of his pieces of artwork for his Through the tunnel exhibition at the Boathouse

Artist Biniam Ghide painting one of his pieces of artwork for his Through the tunnel exhibition at the Boathouse

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A young Eritrean artist is staging his first UK art exhibition at the Barking Boathouse.

Through The Tunnel.. An Unfinished Exhibition is based on Biniam Ghide’s two-year solo trek from Africa through Europe and into the UK to escape the horrors in his homeland.

Biniam fled his home country – where he was one of the top 10 artists – and ended up embarking on a journey to peace that consisted of walking and painting his way across half the world.

He was arrested when he finally arrived in the UK but gained the right to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds.

Biniam then moved to the borough and began working with Creative Barking and Dagenham.

He worked with several different artists to paint murals and was provided with creative space by the council to enable him to stage his first UK exhibition.

Artist and curator Miro Tomarkin, who worked alongside Biniam, said: “As a fellow artist it gives me great pleasure to co-curate this first exhibition by Biniam.

“I know from my own experience of showing my work that this offers a wonderful opportunity to share the spirit that moves me to make art.”

The grand opening of the exhibition on Tuesday night will include a performance by teenage pianist Iqra Zamen who will play her composition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the formation of the borough.

International artist Tim Beswick will also unveil his new sculpture Nebula on the Terrace.

Through The Tunnel... An Unfinished Exhibition opens at the Barking Boathouse, in the Icehouse Quarter, on Tuesday at 6.30pm.
It runs until March next year and entry is free.

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