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
Stories of Welcome - an enormous success
In an exciting turn of events, Leicester City of Sanctuary has won both first and third place in the national…Posted by: Leicester
Walk My Journey- the humans behind the headlines
For the last year, Chester- based theatre company, Theatre in the Quarter has been working on a ground-breaking and innovative…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
A view from the edge - Doncaster Conversation Club Newsletter November 2018
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Walk My Journey
Presented by Theatre in the Quarter in collaboration with City of Sanctuary, Walk My Journey is a film and live…
Journeys Festival International Portsmouth (19 - 28 October 2018)
Journeys Festival International is an annual Festival that showcases the work of artists from the refugee and asylum seeker community…
Stories of Sanctuary music project packs out Durham Cathedral's Chapter House
Raghad Haddad, Sam Slatcher, Dewi Erwan and the Sanctuary Seekers Choir (from left to right). Photo: Sophie NimminsPosted by: City of Sanctuary
Refugee Project offers journalism training
The Refugee Journalism Project, a new initiative to support refugees and exiled journalists, is currently recruiting participants interested in developing or…Posted by: Bristol
‘Poetry of Sanctuary’ at poetry festival – October 2018Posted by: Ripon
How to be Lucky (Theatre Royal, Wakefield) 25th October
How to be Lucky is a theatre performance that seeks to examine aspects of the modern refugee experience of settling in…Posted by: Wakefield District
Competition time: Stories of Welcome - deadline 10th October
Here in Swindon, we know that it’s a welcoming place to sanctuary seekers. Now there’s an opportunity to tell others…Posted by: Swindon