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.
See this short video for Shakespeare’s humanitarian views on refugees – a piece that was censored in its day!
Latest Arts Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network
World on our doorstep - "Horsforth Refugee Camp" in LeedsPosted by: City of Sanctuary
SINGING FOR SANCTUARY
Howth Gospel Choir in North Dublin opened up the whole concept of choirs of sanctuary in Ireland on World Peace Day…Posted by: Dublin
"TANJA" - is back on the road with "Spaces of Sanctuary" Exhibition
Sanctuary in Arts awarded Stand and Be Counted (SBC) Theatre Company has secured funding from ACE for some work alongside…
NACCOM to go to Greenbelt - opportunity to raise awareness about sanctuary issues such as destitution
If you are attending Greenbelt Festival this year look out for the NACCOM Network in the Greenbelt Takeaway (Marketplace) area.…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
If Syria Were London
This moving video was shown to 1200 students in Stockport about what life might be life for a Syrian child.…Posted by: Manchester
Bristol hosts first showing outside London for major refugee exhibition
A major art exhibition, previously on display in the Houses of Parliament, is to have its first showing outside London…Posted by: Bristol
Book Review: Dave Eggers' "What is the What"
What is the What? By Dave Eggers ISBN 978-0-141-01574-3
Theatre of Sanctuary: Refugee Week Events at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
The West Yorkshire Playhouse, the first Theatre of Sanctuary in the UK, is putting on an incredible programme of events for…Posted by: Leeds
Refugee Week 2017
REFUGEE WEEK 2017 IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE: 17 June – 1 July For centuries people have come and sought sanctuary in Brighton & Hove, which has thrived on all forms of diversity.Posted by: Brighton and Hove
Stand and Be Counted at the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield for Refugee Week 2017
SBC Theatre contributes three of their works as part of Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield