Since 2006, Art Refuge UK has delivered small focused programmes in Nepal and India to support thousands of Tibetan new arrivals through the provision of safe creative spaces. As numbers of new arrivals arriving from Tibet are depleting dramatically, our work is looking outwards to respond to other displaced populations, and requests, both in Nepal and in the UK.
Art Refuge UK is focussing its attention on Kathmandu with an exciting collaboration with the recently opened Nepal Children’s Art Museum. We share the goal of bringing visual art making to children and young people, particularly those who have been displaced through political conflict, trafficking and poverty.
This working alliance will also enable a continued presence from Art Refuge UK on the ground in Nepal to further support the learning from our 2013 art therapy training workshops and facilitate the sensitive uses of art-making that local caring professionals and frontline staff can take back to those in their care.
Our programme is delivered by highly skilled and carefully selected volunteers, such as the two art therapists due to deliver a programme of Action Research at the Children’s Art Museum, Spring 2015 which will be rigorously evaluated so as to establish best practice for ongoing work.
We run a time-limited Big Lottery Funded Open Art Studio for people who have experiences of the asylum seeking process. Through excellent networks in the city, we are also now delighted to welcome mothers with young children, and sixteen and seventeen year old asylum seekers who are trapped between child and adult services with no recourse to public funds.
Art Refuge UK needs funds in order to sustain this work as an ongoing offer, as well as to provide active outreach sessions for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol to help engage and support those who have faced multiple challenges in seeking asylum in the UK. As a designated City of Sanctuary, Art Refuge UK is well placed to deliver its programme in the heart of Bristol’s refugee community.
Our goals are achievable through our fantastic professional volunteers who creatively engage hard to reach populations and the Programme Manager role that underpins our projects, providing project management and supervision and maintaining excellent relationships with the UNHCR and other NGO’s in Nepal and the UK, guided by Art Refuge UK’s rigorous trustees. We need your support to be able to continue our mission in delivering high quality, sustainable visual arts provisions.
Art Refuge UK relies on donations from the public to continue its work and we welcome all support, no matter how small. Making a regular donation is the best way to support Art Refuge UK as it gives us confidence to plan ahead and helps us keep administration costs to an absolute minimum.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Art Refuge UK.
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