Supporting displaced people through art making and art therapy
Established in 2006, Art Refuge UK is a small, robust charity that works through art and art therapy with people who have been displaced due to political or religious persecution, armed conflict, trafficking, natural disaster and/or poverty.
Our team of artists and art therapists is equipped to deliver dynamic, culturally relevant and responsive programmes in a wide range of contexts across the UK, Europe and internationally, with a longstanding history in South Asia. We are skilled at adapting our work to support safe and imaginative spaces for refugees, including unaccompanied minors, both in transit and once they have reached a final destination.
Art Refuge UK's core ethos is based upon a participatory and collaborative practice informed by decades of individual and collective experience and skills in the visual arts, art therapy, trauma work and psychosocial approaches. Always working in close partnership with local and international government and non-governmental organisations, our work largely takes place through groups and we currently operate in London, Bristol and on the France-UK border at Calais.
We engage in public discourse through our active use of social media as an advocacy platform as well as a place to celebrate people's creative agency; fundraising events; exhibitions; peer-reviewed and other academic writing, presentation of papers at conferences and delivery of arts-based psychosocial training programmes in the UK, Europe and internationally.
Our work is underpinned by a strong team of Trustees with expertise in art therapy, asylum law, social work with unaccompanied minors, fundraising and communications.