Time for Carpets - Humanity House


31.10.17 t/m 26.11.17

Time for Carpets

In the exhibition ‘Time for Carpets’ you see carpets that are designed by artists with a migration background. The designs are based on the stories of families from various asylum seekers’ centres. These families themselves also helped to make the carpets.

‘Time for Carpets’ is an art project aimed at sharing knowledge about old crafts, traditions and family stories. The project arose from the idea that ‘making carpets turns a house into a home’. They soften the sound, warm the floor and impart a feeling of comfort. With ‘Time for Carpets’, the National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness created a symbolic image of domesticity in the nomadic lives of the residents of asylum seekers’ centres. At the heart of this project are stories of ordinary family life, before the war and before seeking refuge.

Photo: Petra Katanic

Opening times

  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • 12:00 - 17:00

About the organisation

The National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness (abbreviated as ‘Happiness’) is a network of professional artists, theatre makers and musicians. They organise creative activities with, by and for children and youths in thirty asylum seekers’ centres in the Netherlands. Dance, theatre, music and visual art are used to shape and express their stories. To develop self-confidence and talent. To gain experience that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. To be young and carefree in a place where there is little room for carefree existence.