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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...

CALAIS - AUGUST 8-9, 2019

The summer brings a swell in numbers to the border and the police violence and evictions continue. Brexit remains a hot topic of conversation with some young refugees having educated themselves on the issues and wanting to air them.

This week we...

CALAIS - JULY 19, 2019

- of family
- that a kite flies 
- across the Channel
- of the long distance runner
- of the time it takes to become 
a body builder
- between West and East Africa

We arrived in Calais on the ferry for one day only due to a timetable change...

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