We are an arts organisation comprising creative arts and cultural projects exploring refugee and migrant experiences.

Our mission is to support, produce and promote the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their cultural and artistic contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture.

Our work is structured around principles of collaboration and partnership. We develop creative projects through collaborations with artists, arts/cultural and educational organizations and civil society activists working in the field.

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– We provide support, development and promotional opportunities for artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds as well as other artists producing innovative work in this field

– Develop participatory platforms and infrastructural programmes (enabling)

– Produce high quality events, artefacts and products (production)

– Generate shared learning and skills-transfer (learning)

– Build strategic partnerships with arts and advocacy organisations (partnerships)

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    Booking is now open for our third Platforma Festival and Conference on arts and refugees taking place in November 2015 in Leicester, in partnership with De Montfort University and ArtReach.

  • Displacedwebsite

    dis/placeda week-long programme of events, featuring over 40 artists responding to global demographic shifts and unprecedented levels of human

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    A great range of events and activities took place across the country for this year’s Refugee Week. To find out more or get ideas for your future activites, visit refugeeweek.org.uk

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    The latest edition of our Celebrating Sanctuary London festival at RichMix was head-lined by the award winning hip-hop artist and all-round brilliant Akala – more details here

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    We continued our collaboration with the Southbank Centre for this year’s Refugee Week, to present a special performance of singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama with members of the UK-based Heritage Survival Band from Harare.

  • Adopting Britain

    Adopting Britain: 70 Years of Migration a major new exhibition presented by the Southbank Centre in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, celebrating the contribution that refugees and migrants have made to Britain’s artistic and cultural landscape (17 April – 6 September 2015)

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    Earlier this year, we launched our 2015 Programme, which we hope will encourage you to get involved and support our work in some way. For more information about our plans and ambitions for the year please visit our blog.

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    Counterpoints Arts launched Moving Lives, this week in Dublin – an online case study of an independent law centre, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, located in Dublin working nationally and internationally. Character-driven stories in Moving Lives lead you to behind-the-scenes reflection on the Council’s distinctive way of working within the connected fields of immigration reform, strategic litigation, human rights advocacy and social justice.
    Photo: Keypictures
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    We launched our Everyday on Canalside project website over last weekend giving you a sense of what we’ve been producing on Canalside over the past year, together with the different participatory strands that make up this project (Humans of Canalside, Open Spaces, Simple Acts and Moving Worlds).

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