City of Sanctuary’s Arts Stream of Sanctuary aims to inspire, support and promote the use of arts in nurturing a culture and practice of welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK
There are so many wonderful events and a range of arts organisations producing art and activities around the theme of refugees that we have developed an Arts Stream of Sanctuary in conjunction with our partners Counterpoint Arts who are leaders in the field of arts, migration and social change. Their mission is to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture.
We already know that the arts in all its forms can move people and raise awareness in a more passionate way than listening to facts and figures.
Please feel free to explore these pages, use them as a resource for ideas and inspiration, develop your networks, celebrate refugee artists and send us more links and news. Our Sanctuary in Arts Awards (see PDF on the left) are available for arts organisation for their commitment to the City of Sanctuary vision of welcome and inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees.
Our first Theatre of Sanctuary, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, was awarded in January 2014. Since then we have many other sanctuary awarded arts organisations and a growing interest from theatre companies, art studios, museums and other arts organisations committed to our vision of a culture of welcome by raising awareness and engaging and celebrating talent and creativity among refugees.
City of Sanctuary, along with Counterpoints Arts, have developed a Sanctuary in the Arts resource pack, which can be downloaded for free from this link.
If your organisation would be interested in applying to become a ‘Arts of Sanctuary’ awarded organisation, please visit the awards page of the website.
Contact us here for help and advice about engaging your local theatre/ film centre / museum etc. to engage with sanctuary issues.
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