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 here 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
Come join Welcome Town this Refugee Week! 21-22 June (outside Lincoln Bus Station)
Welcome Town by Natasha Davis, a Future Arts Centres commission, developed in collaboration with ARC Stockton, Lincoln Drill Hall and Live Collision Dublin: www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/welcome-town.
Portsmouth City Council Endorses Portsmouth City of Sanctuary
We’re thrilled to announce that Portsmouth City Council has formally pledged their support for Portsmouth City of Sanctuary, committing to…
Free writing workshops explore displacement, welcome and refuge
A passion for bringing people together and sharing stories led two local writers to offer the workshops to the public…
Memories from My Land - Piano piece released in support of City of Sanctuary
Internationally renowned classical pianist Margaret Fingerhut is launching the track ‘Memories from My Land’ to raise funds for City of…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
Documentary: A patchwork of 'Strangers'
City of Sanctuary-inspired choir to perform during Refugee Week 2019
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, a Durham based refugee-led music project is touring the UK this year. Their first stop…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
There's No Place Like Home: London, 5 July
‘There’s No Place Like Home’ by the Justice, Migration and the Arts Network. An open evening exploring the relationship between migration, detention and the arts. Headlined by award-winning poet, Lemn Sissay, and detainee and novelist, Behrouz Boochani.
Tapestry tells story of welcome
A large-scale wall-hanging made by Norwich school children and local refugees will be exhibited across the city during Refugee Week.…
Celebrating Lincoln as a City of Sanctuary!
On Monday 3 June, we at Lincoln City of Sanctuary held an event to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken…
Finding Soraya No 6 Cinema (Part of Portsmouth's Refugee Week Events)
An Afghan-born woman goes back to her native land after 20 years in London to find the spirit of the…