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Making the first step can seem hard, but we are there to help. To find out more about Sanctuary in Arts, get practical examples and suggestions of how to get involved, download our free resource guide

To see what the Sanctuary in Arts network are doing, explore below.

Counterpoint Arts engages with refugee and migrant experiences through arts and cultural programmes.

Platforma Arts and Refugee Network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities.

Arts on the Run – a network for arts and refugees in Yorkshire and Humberside

Art Reach Journeys Festival celebrates and highlights the extraordinary and powerful artwork, music, creativity, culture and experiences that refugee artists bring to the UK. It’s work now reaches cities in Europe.  See the video here. 

Freedom From Torture has a ‘Write to Life’ creative writing and performance group for survivors of torture. Several books of work from the group have been published and there are pieces available online in their Library.

Celebrating Sanctuary  works through the arts to raise awareness of the contributions that refugees make to the UK, and in particular to the city of Birmingham.

Art Refuge UK  Supporting displaced people through art and art therapy

Theatres of Sanctuary

West Yorkshire Playhouse 

The Young Vic

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Octagon Theatre Bolton

Norwich Arts Centre


Theatre Companies:

SBC Theatre – Stand and Be Counted Theatre is the first Theatre Company of Sanctuary. Creators of Tanja – a play about detention. For further info and links to the video see Tanja – Tour Information Pack.

ice&fire – exploring human rights stories through performance including plays ‘Asylum Monologues’, ‘Asylum Dialogues’ and ‘On a Clear Day, You Can See Dover’

Red Bobble Theatre Company,

Leeds Studio Theatre, 


Musicians Without Borders


Risky Things Theatre and Film  – maker of the film Blue Moment 

See our Activities page for resources on organising activities.

Writing East Midlands and City of Sanctuary groups in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby ran three writing residencies in 2016-17. As a result they have published two books: ‘Riding on Solomon’s Carpet’, an anthology and ‘Write Here: a practical guide to running creative writing workshops with refugees and asylum seekers’ (downloadable).

With One Voice, the international arts and homelessness movement (WOV) Co-produced Arts and Homeslessness Practice Guide

Bibliotherapy Hub Leeds – a blog about bibliotherapy groups run in Leeds