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On arrival in Calais we heard that there had been a large fight between groups the night before following a build up of tension amongst those living in increasingly cold, and difficult conditions. A number of people were hospitalised. We were unable to join the Medecin...

November 22, 2019

Here we present a Guest Post from our friend and colleague Alex Holmes, long-term volunteer with the Maria Skobtsova Safe House in Calais:

"Calais Red. Washed red trainers tucked into the rotting tree stump, red Berbere spice, red Harissa, the hot chili pepper paste in...

November 15, 2019


The situation in Calais continues to assault the senses. The weather has turned and temperatures are cold. With rain on Friday it was uncomfortable being in the open air for more than a few minutes. These conditions are difficult for people to endure day after...


It’s been another complex couple of days. Yesterday was Halloween and another Brexit date not met. The roads leading to the Channel Tunnel were eerily empty. Today is All Saints Day with families in Calais heading to the large graveyards on the edge of town to...

CALAIS - OCTOBER 17-18, 2019


Arriving in Calais we learnt that the bodies of two young men had been found washed up on the beach further along the coast, following their attempt to reach the UK by boat. The weather has been terrible with relentless rain and hig...

October 15, 2019

Bruno Serralongue.
Agence France-Presse.
Les habitants.
16.10.19 - 24.02.20

Beautiful, moving exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, opening to the public from October 16th!

Made up of three parts, Art Refuge is honoured to take part in the se...

CALAIS - OCTOBER 3-4, 2019


Early October has already brought a change in the weather with colder winds signalling a fifth winter since the Art Refuge programme began in Calais.

Yesterday we met a well informed young African man who has been keeping a strong hold...

CALAIS - SEPTEMBER 19-20, 2019


Our partners in Calais report that the past couple of weeks have been harder for everyone than is imaginable. Last week all the camps in Calais were evicted one by one. This week the large camp near Dunkerque was dramatically clear...


Our journey to France this week included today, Friday, in Calais as we return to our fortnightly pattern. Also, travel onwards to Paris to deliver our print series ‘Digital Shadows’ to the Centre Pompidou for a large Calais-focused ph...

CALAIS - AUGUST 29-30, 2019

There has been a surge in dangerous channel crossings undertaken in small boats in the last couple of weeks while one man tragically died trying to swim across. These crossing attempts have been blamed by campaigners on the ‘brutal’ b...

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