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UK 

 Socially engaged art, art therapy and  training 

ART REFUGE HAS HAD A PRESENCE IN THE UK SINCE THE CHARITY WAS FOUNDED IN 2006.

 

With its base in Bristol, we have started to expand our work into the surrounding counties and other parts of the UK, namely Kent, London and through our online groups which reach people across the UK and much further afield.

FILM ANIMATION IN LONDON

Art Refuge is collaborating with Young Roots and their youth service on making a series of stop-frame animations to be screened in 2022. Led by Tony Gammidge and Majid Adin. 

THE COMMUNITY TABLE IN FOLKESTONE, KENT 2020/22

 

Since Autumn 2020, Art Refuge has been working in local community spaces in Folkestone, Kent, supporting men recently arrived in the UK and temporarily housed at Napier Barracks. Artist Aida Silvestri, whose origins are in Eritrea, has become a core member of the team, also leading on our photography workshops for young people in collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN).

 

Our weekly Folkestone project uses The Community Table model - originally developed by Art Refuge in Calais to welcome those who find themselves displaced - alongside volunteers, local staff, interpreters and visitors - to sit around a table and share spaces through art making.

NORTH SOMERSET: WE ARE HERE
PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 

Invited by North Somerset Council and Curo Group, this open-access photography group is for young people in North Somerset who have experiences of seeking asylum in the UK. The weekly photography groups include a range of photographic processes alongside the use of other art materials and media, and focus on physical, geographical and psychological orientation, including walks using photography, found objects and mapping. As the core component for the group, photography offers opportunities for expressive freedom, playfulness and a sense of agency over the telling of individual and collective stories. 

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BRISTOL AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES: ROUTES/HERE - AN ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT AND CARE FOR YOUNG DISPLACED PEOPLE

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ROUTES/HERE is an online support group for foster carers, supported lodgings hosts, advocates and key workers who support, care for, guide and learn from these young people who have reached safety in the UK from Eritrea, Sudan, Afghanstan, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Syria and Kurdistan. Inspired by conversations with the network around our art and art therapy groups with young refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol (2017-2021). 

Led by Bristol lead, Sarah Robinson and local Intercultural Trainer and foster carer, Alison Clarkson Webb.