To celebrate the arts organisations who go above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary, we have partnered with Counterpoints Arts to launch the Sanctuary in Arts Awards.
The key critera for the awards are:
To find out more, see our simple Sanctuary Award Application form and set of criteria that apply our core principles into the arts and cultural context. The form is intended to be used as a prompt for further conversations and thinking about how the gesture of becoming a place of sanctuary can be linked to a range of meaningful actions and commitments.
How to apply for a Sanctuary Award
Any organisation in the UK can apply. There is no fee.
Access the key criteria and the application form to access what work you need to undertake to meet them.
Contact your local City Of Sanctuary group to express your interest and pledge your support to the City of Sanctuary Charter. The local group will then set up an appraisal team which will include an arts expert and a refugee. This team will wish to see supporting evidence to verify the application. The application form is flexible and aimed at arts organisations and can be adapted to suit the unique nature of the organisation and its unique creativity or purpose. It should include:
The evidence will then be evaluated by a group including trustees, local and national City of Sanctuary representatives and refugees. Suggestions may be made as a result of this evaluation. The award will be made at a mutually agreed public forum and displayed in a public place such as the reception or foyer. It will then be reviewed at agreed intervals.