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New direction for Art Refuge UK

— Bobby Lloyd

Art Refuge UK has come to the reluctant decision to close its classrooms in the refugee reception centres in Kathmandu and Dharamsala, due to a dramatic decline in the numbers of new arrivals over the past few years.

Art Refuge UK has been working with the new arrivals since 2006 and in those years we have supported thousands of children with their emotional nourishment through art, craft and play. The children and young people in transit have benefited from the skills, knowledge and sensitivity of our local teachers; and from a therapeutic art programme enriched by the participation of qualified professionals in our lively international volunteering programme. 

Looking forward: Art Refuge UK is now in the exciting position of being able to respond directly to the needs of many displaced populations in Nepal and is working collaboratively to plan creative therapeutic activities for the benefit of young refugees, internally displaced populations and those who work with them. We also have a UK branch supporting refugees and asylum seekers launched with funding from the Big Lottery. 


Art Refuge UK collaborates with Art Therapy Initiative (ATI)  – an update

— Emily Bradfield

      Art therapy workshops in support of psychosocial health in Nepal’ were successfully delivered in two parts earlier this month, led by Debra Kalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd. Hosted respectively by the United Mission for Nepal and the Esther Benjamin Memorial Fund, this ambitious initiative was attended by over 50 front-line staff and care professionals from more than 20 local oganisations. The training used art-making to build on already existing skills and increase capacity of local care workers who work daily and under enormous pressure to support Tibetan and other refugees, survivors of trafficking and internally displaced children - in refugee reception centres, refuges, orphanages and community mental health settings across Nepal.

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A Walk in Nepal

— Emily Bradfield

This Autumn, East London-based student Jessica Goodison Burgess and her architect mum, Louise Goodison went on a 24-day trek in Nepal around the 8th highest mountain in the world, to raise funds to support Art Refuge UK (ARUK) and Art Therapy Initiative (ATI) in the delivery of two weeks of art therapy workshops.

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ARUK Newsletter 2013

— Emily Bradfield

It has been an eventful year in the life of ARUK, and the coming twelve months are set to be more eventful still!

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