Main image by Sand In Your Eye

Compassion Goes LARGE

On Thursday, June 15th, in support of Refugee Week 2023, we made an extraordinary statement to demonstrate our solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution. A giant piece of land art created by Sand in Your Eye.

This image, depicting Sobeda who fled Bangladesh, and Lucy, whom she met through a local befriending programme, perfectly illustrate this year’s theme of Compassion.

“Myself and my husband Monir were referred to the Befriending Programme run by St Augustine’s Centre, because when we arrived here we were struggling and isolated. We were introduced to Lucy who has helped us through difficult times and reduced our sadness. This is what compassion means to us,” Sobeda said.


The day was filled with profound moments that will forever be etched in our memories. As part of the event, we had the honour of hearing from Lucy and Sobeda, who shared their incredible story of friendship and compassion in this heartwarming video.

We joined forces with schools and community groups to create hundreds of stencilled birds, and birds of compassion, which carried messages of welcome and hope for refugees and people seeking asylum. It was a testament to the power of collective action and compassion. We are immensely grateful to everyone who participated and contributed to this meaningful project.

As the sun began to set, nearly 300 of us gathered, hand in hand, forming a human chain surrounding the breathtaking artwork. The drone photo captured this powerful moment, symbolising unity and solidarity.

The birds and their heartfelt messages were displayed at The Artworks in the Compassion Exhibition. A breathtaking, emotional, and memorable exhibition 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Counterpoints Arts, Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, Art Council England, and Calderdale Council, for their unwavering support in making this event possible. Together, we are building a community where compassion knows no boundaries.



BBC Look North Video Clip


Counterpoints Arts Film