CEO - Visual artist and art therapist,
Bobby leads our programme in northern France. She brings particular expertise spanning over two decades working within contexts of political conflict and displacement. Bobby is also a supervisor, writer and lecturer.
Art therapist and photographer, Amy is leading our 2019-20 Photography Project in Bristol.
Art therapist, core team member, northern France. Miriam is also
a Senior Lecturer, MA Art
Psychotherapy, Hertfordshire University, supervisor and Doctoral student.
Visual artist working with film and animation, Gabriela is a team member on our Photography
Project in Bristol.
Art therapist and Bristol lead. Sarah also provides essential project and website support for the charity. From 2011-12 Sarah worked for the charity in Nepal and India.
Photographer - Visual artist based in Nottingham; visiting artist with Art Refuge in Calais and Bristol.
Visual artist and art therapist, core team member, France. Naomi is also a supervisor and lecturer, and has worked for the charity in Nepal.
Art therapist, photographer and team member, France and Bristol.
Anna is also a child psychotherapist
and clinical supervisor.
Visual artist, theatre designer and artist in residence at SOAS, University of London. Miriam is a team member in France.
Art therapist and film maker / animator, Tony is a team member, France.
Visual artist & Illustrator, based in London; writing and illustrating a graphic novel. Majid found inspiration again with Art Refuge in the Calais refugee camp, 2016 and is now a visiting artist on the team.
Visual artist, art therapist and team member, Northern France. Jess has worked for the charity in Nepal.
Art therapist and team member, northern France and UK. Jayne has worked for the charity in Nepal.
Dr Ravi Kohli
Chair of Trustees
Ravi is a Professor of Child Welfare at University of Bedfordshire and is interested in what becomes of young people who seek asylum in richer countries and how they adapt throughout their migration and resettlement.
Dr Kathryn Cronin
Kathryn is an immigration, asylum, nationality, children's and family lawyer at Garden Court Chambers. She brings particular expertise in working with
Dan has a wealth of experience in fundraising for international non-governmental organisations and advises on our fundraising strategy.
Polly is a practicing artist, art therapist and counsellor with extensive experience in self-advocacy and development work for the NHS.
Dr Chris Wood
Chris leads the Northern Programme of Art Therapy in Sheffield. Chris has a particular interest of working within the contexts of political upheaval and social hardship.
Claire has a background in speech and language therapy. She currently works in healthcare improvement and transformation in the NHS, alongside research in ethnicity and migration health.
Our past staff and volunteers
We would also like to pay tribute to Frances Fox- founder of Art Refuge UK, once chair, Tibetan cultural advisee, creative therapist and Ama (Tibetan for 'mother'). Frances worked intensively with Karen Littleton in her roles as both Trustee and Secretary to set Art Refuge UK in to motion.
The Art Refuge community goes right back to 2006 and has made an invaluable and long lasting contribution through the skills and dedication of both its volunteers and a small number of paid local staff. Art Refuge has evolved in a relevant and responsive way through the generosity of spirit of its team; it's time, energy, skills, fundraising events and dedication of all of those who have contributed and we attempt to name just a few from recent years below. If you have volunteered for Art Refuge in the past and would like your name added to this page, please contact us, as we would be delighted to add you.
Emily Hollingsbee and Katie Miller (Draw On), art therapists delivering our London pilot project in 2018; Fawzia Afifi, art therapist in Calais | Francesca Orlandi, art therapist Bristol | Nina Tara, artist and art therapist | Sophie Martin, artist | Louise Smurthwaite, artist | Sian Samuel, artist | Clare Twomey, artist | Youdon, teacher Nepal | Tsering, teacher India | Lhakpa, teacher India | Tenzin, teacher Nepal | Seth Wolpin, fundraiser | Dawn Boulton, art therapist Nepal and India | Sophia Cowx, fundraiser | Luke Carter, artist Bristol | Anna Rootes, art therapist Nepal | Jade Eastley, art therapist Nepal | Sara Simon, artist | Diana Collins, art therapist Nepal |