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 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 amongst refugees.
Contact us ([email protected]) for help and advice about engaging your local theatre/ film centre / museum etc. to engage with sanctuary issues.
Latest Arts Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network
Birmingham has Ten Schools of SanctuaryPosted by: Birmingham
11 new Schools of Sanctuary in Belfast!
Belfast City of Sanctuary has been working closely with the Education Authority of Northern Ireland to support the Schools of…Posted by: Places of Sanctuary Ireland
Crich Junior School is Derbyshire’s first School of Sanctuary
Crich Junior School becomes Derbyshire’s first School of Sanctuary!Posted by: Derby
Refugee Week 2018 - well, that was fun!
Thank you to everyone who supported us in making Swindon’s celebrations so sparkling! From poetry to art to dance to music, not to mention a little drama too (intentional, of course!), Swindon truly celebrated the contributions that we all of us make to this town. We can think of no better way of celebrating the diversity of Swindon than through showcasing local – and international – talents through the arts. As anyone who came to our events will have experienced,…Posted by: Swindon
Stories of Sanctuary project launched in Durham
To commemorate Refugee Week, a gathering of thirty people – including Syrian refugees recently settled in County Durham – met…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
Grand finale to Refugee Week in Brighton & Hove this weekend
After seven days of concerts, talks, parades and parties, Refugee Week 2018 draws to a close in Brighton & Hove…Posted by: Brighton and Hove
Bolton's Octagon Theatre recognised as a Theatre of Sanctuary
We are delighted to announce that the Octagon has been awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status. The Octagon has become one in only a handful of theatres across the UK to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status and has been recognized for its commitment to becoming a welcoming and safe place.Posted by: Bolton
‘A New Perspective on The Children of Calais’
‘A New Perspective on The Children of Calais’Posted by: City of Sanctuary
Refugee Week 2018 in East Kent
There are 4 events and get together in East Kent marking the 20th Anniversary of Refugee Week 2018 !Posted by: City Template
Drama Workshop creating Together
Drama workshop part 2 Drama workshop part 1Posted by: Barnsley