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If you do set up a Just Giving page or other fundraising activity for
Art Refuge, please email us at:
to let us know so that
we can Thank You!

Host a Fundraiser
From Exhibitions, raffles and live music, to marathons and charity calendars
HUGE THANKS goes out to the growing Art Refuge community

Art Refuge is a small charity and we keep our running costs to a bare minimum, ensuring that every penny goes directly into delivering our programmes.


Supporting us, we are honoured to have a creative and dynamic community made up of individuals, friends, families, collectives and movements, fundraising through events such as art auctions, epic walks, marathons and open garden art sales. For some ideas on how you could fundraise, see our Just Giving page here.


Or, have a look at a few of the projects below:

"I wouldn't have left the hotel all week if it wasn't for this [The Community Table]"

- Young person seeking asylum, living in temporary accommodation in London



In December 2023 with your generosity, you helped us exceed our £7,600 target and raised £7,950 with Big Give's Human Rights Fund!




With your donations, it will fund the delivery of vital arts-based psychosocial support to asylum seekers living in precarious conditions in the UK and northern France who are often isolated, marginalised and struggling with their mental health, particularly during the Winter months.

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“Attending these workshops gives me confidence to find support in the next place I go to.”
-  Participant, The Community Table, Folkestone

15-22 May 2023

With your help, we raised over £10,000 towards resilience-building workshops
for asylum seekers
in the UK with

Visit our Kind2Mind Campaign here.

The Big Give pledged to match your donations to the tune of £5000! With £10,000, we are delivering vital psychosocial workshops for refugees in Folkestone, Brighton and Bristol.


We will assess their impact through the collaborative making of a film.

"Art Refuge has helped displaced people like me feel human again; and that we are not useless."
-  Participant, The Community Table, Calais”

Your donation to our Kind2Mind campaign funds arts-based resilience building workshops that support the mental health of adult asylum seekers in temporary Home Office accommodation across SE & SW England, who are often isolated, marginalised and experiencing poor mental health.

The Great Pottery  Raffle!
Winner recieves The 13th Set!

We are absolutely delighted that Art Refuge has been chosen as the charity to receive the funds from the fabulous Great Pottery Raffle! With huge thanks to the wonderful 12 contestants of Series 5 - The Great Pottery Throw Down who wrote:

“THE 13TH SET - Back when we finished filming series 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down we planned to make each other a small piece, so we each had a set of 12 things, to remind us of each other and the fantastic time we had together. But we thought it would be great if we made a 13th set. Something that we could sell to raise money for a charity. As clay is so close to all our hearts and with everything that is happening in the world with so many displaced people, we’re raising money to give to Art Refuge!

Come and see the 13th Set at Celebrating Ceramics

Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

July 15-17 2022"

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Wish You Were Here Fundraising Exhibition & Raffle

Yorkton Workshops,
East London

1st-4th December 2021

In December 2021, we hosted Wish You Were Here, and raised over £14,000 to put towards our



More than 180 established and emerging artists from across the world generously donated a postcard-sized artwork (6x4 inches). These include: Cornelia Parker, Aida Silvestri, Eileen Cooper, Richard Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Rana Begum, Gillian Vaux, Grayson Perry, Cedric Christie, Majid Adin, Januário Jano, Liaqat Rasul… 

We exhibited these artworks across four days at Yorkton Workshops, and on the evening of our Private View, we hosted a digital raffle where all artworks were won!

Follow @artrefuge_wishyouwerehere to find out more.


Lt. Kieran Lewis & his team raise funds for Art Refuge!

The MoD has a long tradition of raising money for charities and with COVID restrictions being lifted the opportunity and enthusiasm to continue this good work has increased! As a Bristol based team they where keen to support a local charity and Art Refuge stood out as a group that is supporting something current, relevant and at the forefront of our collective conscious! 

So why Tough Mudder? They wanted to do something a bit different, something that would be a challenge and something that would get us outdoors. An Obstacle Course Race was the obvious choice and with the teamwork elements of Tough Mudder it became the obvious choice.


Recent words by Lt. Kieran Lewis - "The event is complete but it's not too late to donate. We have covered over 15km (closer to 16km according to the smart watches), 30 obstacles tackled, one swollen knee, one set of shoes destroyed, numerous bruises and grazes and everyone got wet, muddy and electrocuted (turns out running through live wires hand in hand guarantees multiple shocks). Action shots to follow."

We can't thank Lt. Kieran Lewis & his team enough!


Work Party hosted their 'The Local' entertainment night in Leeds, and helped us to raise over £500 towards our direct-project delivery.

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Bristol Clay held a private view ahead of their exhibition in central Bristol and sold 100 handmade beakers, with the entire proceeds going to Art Refuge. |  Art Refuge’s CEO, Bobby Lloyd, ran the Hackney half marathon to raise vital funds for our work. |  FUZE Bristol led by students from the University of Bristol held a dynamic year-long campaign to raise awareness and raise funds for both Black South West Network and Art Refuge, going out on a high with an incredible end of year extravaganza to showcase emerging talent from fashion, music and dance. |  @paperartistcollective have created a 2022 calendar with all profits going to Art Refuge. Fourteen freshly created pieces make up this beautiful collection to see you through the year.  |  @_positivepoetry crafted the beautiful 'In Other Words' a new zine series which holds a collective of hopeful voices in a beautiful A5 colour print.  |  @picturethis.home - a global online event for people all over the world to draw their version of home - past, present or future. The aim was to set a new world record for the number of people drawing online at the same time, simultaneously bringing in donated funds for Art Refuge and The Teapot Trust.  |  Artist, Deborah created a migration themed poster “Imagine - A Better World is Possible” a challenging, playful, uplifting monograph on how the creative imagination might guide us through these dark sad days’.  |  Artist, Hannah Gaffey, set up an online raffle and raised 134% of her Just Giving target.|  Artworks for Aid  began an epic online art auction.  | Traversing the Pyrenees  Naomi Press and Seth Wolpin walked an historical migrant route across the Pyrenees to raise funds for Art Refuge's work in northern France. |  Prints Charming held an exhibition and silent auction of prints from artists on the theme of folklore. | The Poppy Collective set up an open garden studio and collected art to sell. |  Artist and illustrator Sophie Martin has donated a generous percentage of her art and book sales to Art Refuge.  |  The Sinners Collective: hosting ongoing creative workshops in a variety of places for Art Refuge because “we believe in art as a vehicle to empower society”.  |  Crafternoon Tea: in Bristol which runs a children’s format afternoon tea for an adult audience, all proceeds going to Art Refuge. 

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