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Pop Culture and Social Justice

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Counterpoints Arts is in the process of piloting a newly funded cross-sector Pop Culture and Social Justice initiative. The aim of the initiative will be to leverage the reach and power of pop culture for social justice goals, specifically in relation to migrants and refugees in the UK. To do so we will be collaborating […]

Multi-layered Identities and Movement: A Conversation with Yinka Shonibare MBE

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Wind Sculpture (SG) I, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photographer: Jason Wyche

Wind Sculpture (SG) I stands 23 feet tall at the southeast entrance to New York’s Central Park. Created from fibreglass and painted in rich gold, turquoise and terracotta patterns reminiscent of Dutch wax batik prints, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s monumental sculpture captures the gentle undulating motion of wind. Conjuring up images of fluttering sails gliding over […]

Job Opportunity – Pop Culture Creative Producer

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Akala @ Rick Mix for Refugee Week produced by Counterpoints Arts. Photo © Marcia Chandra.

Hours: 17.5 – 21 hours (2.5 – 3 days a week), Fixed-term 2 years Salary: £ 35 000 (pro rata) Deadline: Monday 9th April Counterpoints Arts is a leading national organisation working in the field of arts, migration and social change. For more info visit: www.counterpointsarts.org.uk We are looking to hire a highly motivated individual […]

PSYCHEdelight are the new Counterpoints Arts artists in residence

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We’re delighted to announce that theatre company PSYCHEdelight are the new Counterpoints Arts artists in residence. Founded and directed by Sophie Besse, PSYCHEdelight created the play Borderline in 2016 following facilitated workshops in Calais refugee camps. Sophie, a theatre director and art therapist, had found an eagerness for comedy among refugees to contrast with and […]

Chrissie Tiller’s Power Up for Creative People and Places

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Chrissie Tiller is a writer, teacher and advisor on participatory and socially engaged art practice. In this evaluation piece Chrissie reflects on observations, conversations and practices within ACE’s  Creative People and Places programme. Beautifully written and insightful, Chrissie’s piece gets to the heart of some of the current issues surrounding participatory and collaborative arts practices, asking pertinent […]

The Caged Bird’s Song: A Tangible Beauty

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Guest post by Eliana Reeves (intern at Counterpoints Arts), written in response to “The Caged Bird’s Song” by Chris Ofili. We only know as much as our eyes allow us to see. From far away, the fizzing colours hang in midair and then drip down the wall, and as they do, shapes begin to form. A […]

Am I my Brother’s Keeper? Kate Daudy reflects on her new work

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This is my tent, installed at Selfridges Old Hotel, a space which they generously lent to the tent, out of kindness.

British artist Kate Daudy reflects on her new work, which transforms a family tent from a refugee camp in Jordan into a participatory art installation. The project that came to be called ‘Am I my Brother’s Keeper?’, came about at the very start of 2016. I was alarmed by the rise of intolerance in the UK, and felt […]

Join Counterpoints Arts for Refugee Week 2017

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We are delighted to share our programme of events for Refugee Week 2017. From virtual reality to interactive installations; Iranian hip-hop to the launch of the London Syrian ensemble, we invite you to join us for a range of world-class performances and happenings, celebrating the Refugee Week 2017 theme of Our Shared Future. Many events are […]

Trigger Warning

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Writer Vesna Maric reflects on There There’s piece, ‘Trigger Warning’ , presented as part of ‘Who Are We?’ programme at Tate Modern. How does Britishness become, well, Britishness, and what does it, in fact mean to be British? There There, a two-part artistic project from Romania and Serbia, have endeavored to explore that idea through […]

Beyond the Babble

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Writer Vesna Maric reflects on Lucia Scazzochio’s piece, ‘Beyond the Babble’, presented as part of ‘Who Are We?’ programme at Tate Modern. Lucia Scazzochio’s piece, Beyond the Babble, makes you talk to yourself, and face all sorts of inherent contractions, so that you end up asking ‘Do I agree with me?!’. Using audio and radio […]

What happened to our welcome?

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Writer Vesna Maric reflects on Alketa Xhafa-Mripa’s piece “Refugees Welcome” at Tate Modern – part of Who Are We? programme. ‘What happened to our welcome?’ asks Alketa. ‘That’s the question I really want to ask.’ Alketa and I are inside the back of a lorry. There’s a neon sign right at the back that reads […]

Art as therapy or a window into another’s nightmare?

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Writer Vesna Maric reflects on “Who Are We?” programme at Tate Modern ‘Hi.’ ‘Hi.’ ‘We need to share a fear, or fears. But can I have a minute to think about it?’ ‘Yes, of course. Let’s think for a minute.’ The Shed Your Fears installation, by the London-based artist Richard DeDomenici, is a straight-to-the-gut kind […]

Manaf Halbouni: Monument

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German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni opens a new installation ‘Monument’ in Dresden which refers to the current situation in Syria whilst establishing links between Europe and the Middle East and hopes for peace and reconstruction. View the story “Manaf Halbouni: Monument” on Storify

Platforma Festival

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The 4th edition of our biennial Platforma Festival took place in Newcastle and across the North East between 19 – 31 October 2017. The festival featured performances, new commissions, workshops, screenings and discussions, bringing together a wide range of artists, activists, educators, advocates and other practitioners from across the UK and Europe. (Photo: Borderline by […]