Supporting displaced people through art and art therapy since 2006, in the UK and internationally,
and offering crisis support and consultation to frontline staff in relation to Covid 19
Responding to community level displacement
due to coronavirus, in mid March 2020 Art Refuge launched a local/global virtual quilt-making project CORONAQUILT on Rituals of the Everyday.
Click here for full details and to take part!
Black Lives Matter statement
We understand the clear links between the movement for Black Lives Matter and the work of Art Refuge. Those involved with Art Refuge stand with those who have protested about the murder of George Floyd.
His death has strengthened the resolve of many thousands worldwide to change the deep reservoirs of racism which fuel brutality and the lack of humanity faced by many refugees.
Visual artists and art therapists
Our team of artists and art therapists is equipped to deliver dynamic, culturally relevant and responsive programmes in a wide range of contexts across the UK and internationally, with a longstanding history in South Asia. We are currently growing our team of refugee artists in all our programmes. We are skilled at adapting our work to support safe and imaginative spaces for people who have been displaced, including refugees and asylum seekers, both while they are in transit and once they have reached a final destination.
Participatory and collaborative practice
Art Refuge's core ethos is based upon a participatory and collaborative practice informed by decades of individual and collective experience and skills in the visual arts, art therapy, trauma work and psychosocial approaches. Always working in close partnership with local and international government and non-governmental organisations, our work largely takes place within groups and we currently operate in London, Bristol and in northern France.
Events & exhibitions
We engage in public discourse through our active use of social media as an advocacy platform as well as a place to celebrate people's creative agency; fundraising events; exhibitions; peer-reviewed and other academic writing, presentation of papers at conferences and delivery of arts-based psychosocial training programmes in the UK and internationally.