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
Wakefield District City of Sanctuary Writing Competition 2019/20
First Prize £100Posted by: Wakefield District
Margaret Fingerhut's Concert in Canterbury
What an evening packed with love and solidarity!Posted by: East Kent Network of Sanctuary
Opportunity to join Exiled Writers Ink Mentoring Scheme
Exiled Writers Ink has an opportunity for writers who have been forced to live in exile and for people who…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
Hastings Community of Sanctuary Round Up - July 2019
It’s been an incredibly busy 2019 so far, with lots more to come in the second half of the year!
Official Launch of OPEN - June 2019
By Alex Kempton – Media and Communications Lead for Hastings Community of Sanctuary
Fatima Elaysi's Speech from the launch of OPEN - June 2019
As part of our role to amplify the voices of those seeking sanctuary in Hastings, we are publishing the…
Schools of Sanctuary starting in Hastings - June 2019
Dr Felicity Laurence – Chair of Hastings Community of Sanctuary
Festival By The Lake - June 2019
Dr Felicity Laurence, Chair of Hastings Community of Sactuary
Poem responding to refugee week
Phosphoros Theatre Company Awarded Theatre of Sanctuary
Phosphoros Theatre began in 2015 in a Supported Housing project for young men who came to the UK as unaccompanied…Posted by: Arts