Counterpoints Arts is a hub of creative arts and cultural projects exploring refugee and migrant experiences.






We believe in the dynamic power of the creative arts to inspire social change and enhance inclusion and cultural integration of refugees and migrants.








Our work aims to ensure that the rich cultural and artistic contributions of refugees and migrants are recognized and welcomed within British culture, history and identity.
































As a Creative Hub, we co-create, develop, produce, facilitate, promote, curate, research, publish and disseminate a range of arts and media projects.




Counterpoints Arts emerges out of the joint and complimentary work of the Partnership for Arts and Refugees (aka Refugee Week UK) and FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications).




To learn more about our shared mission and vision, see our collective work and collaborative ethos and approach.




  • NPO2

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Counterpoints Arts has received the National Portfolio Funding from Arts Council England. This is a huge deal and a big new point of departure for us. Thank you to all of our artists, funders, partners, supporters and volunteers who have helped us develop, transform and reach this far.


  • Christopher Chataway in 1952

    How often does this happen? As they were closing down, The Foundation For Sports and the Arts decided that one of their parting shots would be to give a generous award to Counterpoints Arts. They did it to commemorate the work of one of their trustees, late Sir Christopher Chataway, who was an athlete, MP, journalist and early pioneer of refugee rights in the UK.

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    Refugee Week 2104 is dedicated to the Superheroes of Our Future – young refugees and migrants whose resilience and skills will help us create a better Britain. Find out more about upcoming events, inspiring young ambassadors and this year’s super-fresh marketing materials at

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    Here is a link to the latest, touching piece by The Paper Project – collective of young artists who dedicate their work to undocumented young people in the UK.

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    To mark Refugee Week 2014, Counterpoints Arts has teamed up with BFI to organise a small film programme, which includes A World Not Ours – an intimate and unusual documentary about three generations of exiles in a Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Lebanon. For more information and tickets, visit the BFI website.

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    Here comes the programme for the latest edition of our Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival, kicking off Refugee Week 2014 with exciting new musical collaborations, performance art, family fun, workshops and much more!

  • Haymanot Tesfa2

    For those who’ve not yet seen it, here are the video highlights from the Platforma Festival of arts and refugees in Manchester at the end of last year. The two day Conference was full of interesting workshops and inspirational speakers from across the UK and internationally, and the artistic programme (including the first ever Platforma [...]

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    We are delighted to announce that our collaborative project with Royal Holloway, University of London – (Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories – has been awarded a creative voucher by Creativeworks London.

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