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Thursday June 20, 14.00-16.30 BST

Bobby Lloyd, CEO of Art Refuge, will be taking part in one of a series of conversations across the afternoon.

Hear how trauma-informed arts participation enables refugees to rebuild resilience and a sense of identity and belonging.

“There are 110 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of these, 6.1 million are asylum seekers (having applied for asylum awaiting decision as to whether they will be granted refugee status) and 36.4 million are living as refugees. Some 404,000 refugees returned to their countries of origin during the first half of 2023 while 59,500 were resettled.

From the war in Ukraine to ongoing conflict in Syria, the Middle East, to climate shocks and economic turmoil in East Africa and Latin America—global instability is increasing. To address the trauma of displacement, torture, prevent retraumatisation on entry into a safe but strange new country, a remarkable range of organisations offer care and rehabilitative support.

Working in temporary hotel accommodation, day centres, detention camps, and with trauma-informed training, artists and arts therapists are encouraging refugees to connect, express themselves through participatory arts so as to preserve their heritage and gradually rebuild their brain health and a new sense of belonging.

Who for? Anyone involved with arts practice for refugees; or if you teach, study or work in the fields neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry involving arts to preserve brain health; & social prescribing to enable people to access inspirational cultural & creative opportunities to preserve brain health, identity & confidence among new communities.”

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Image copyright Art Refuge: edge of Dunkirk, northern France

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