using art and art therapy 

to support people who are 

displaced and offering crisis

support and consultation

to frontline staff, in the UK

and internationally  

Our ongoing programmes take place in the UK and northern France while we are involved in shorter term interventions and research projects in other settings. We also deliver tailor-made arts-based training, crisis support and skills-sharing workshops in the UK, Europe and internationally and welcome requests.

Art Refuge uses art and art therapy to support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally.

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!

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 writingpresentation of papers at conferences and delivery of arts-based psychosocial training programmes in the UK and internationally.


Our work is underpinned by a strong team of Trustees  with expertise in art therapy, asylum law, social work with unaccompanied minors, fundraising and communications.



Contact Us

We would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved with fundraising, becoming a trustee or becoming a corporate sponsor. We currently do not have any opportunities for volunteering or higher education placements but we will make call-outs on our website and social media if any opportunities arise.


We will always endeavour to respond as soon as we can. 

Thank you for your support.


Number 30, The Coach House, 2, Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QN

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Privacy Policy

Designed by

All photographs copyright Art Refuge 

© Art Refuge 2020
Registered Charity 1114353  

Subscribe to our mailing list