Stimela! 20 years of Refugee Week compilation album

June 20, 2018

It’s out! Our gift to all celebrating and marking the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week – a fantastic compilation of music donated to us by some of the most sought after musicians, artists with refugee background and other musicians who have been vocal in their support for refugees and human rights. Listen HERE and read […]









Escape from Yarl’s Wood

June 15, 2018

Ahead of the concert at KOKO London, Lowkey and his collaborators Mohammed Yahya and EbsilJaz recorded a track with lyrics reflecting a story based on the real experiences of detainees at the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre. The track is an exclusive collaboration recorded for Refugee Week, with the main theme initiated by the artists. Produced […]









Refugee Week at 20

June 7, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week, co-ordinated by Counterpoints Arts with a range of national partners. It’s the biggest national festival celebrating the contributions, resilience and creativity of refugees to the UK. Founded in 1998, Refugee Week has grown from a small community-led initiative to become one of the UK’s biggest participatory festivals, with […]









Who Are We? by Selina Nwulu

May 22, 2018

  A piece commissioned by Who Are We? project, an initiative between Counterpoints Arts and The Open University in association with Stance Podcast and the University of York Migration Network. This is our first writing commission, and we are proud to publish the full text of Selina’s evocative piece of writing below. Please see our fantastic new website for Who Are […]









Join us!

May 18, 2018

  Counterpoints Arts is the leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and social change.   We support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture. The range of Counterpoints Arts’ work has grown considerably […]









Pop Culture and Social Justice

April 10, 2018

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

April 10, 2018

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

March 21, 2018

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

September 22, 2017

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

September 21, 2017

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

July 19, 2017

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 […]









The Architect: Rebuilding a Dying City

July 11, 2017

Guest post by Eliana Reeves (intern at Counterpoints Arts), written post Refugee Week. The young boy stands among the ruins of his school with his camera phone. Another child blinks curiously at him as he takes pictures of buildings that have been devastated by bombing after bombing. Then he enters his workshop and he begins […]









Queens of Syria: The Royalty of Bravery

July 11, 2017

Guest post by Eliana Reeves (intern at Counterpoints Arts), written post Refugee Week. “Oh, my sorrows! I am so unhappy… I shall leave as my city turns to dust.” The women stand in rows with their hands covering their mouths, their voices ringing through the performance hall. There is nothing but three benches, a screen, […]









The Art and Politics of Simplicity: ‘Refugees Welcome’ in York

June 20, 2017

Image: Nelli Stavropoulou Counterpoints Arts was in York last Saturday (17 June) participating in the York Festival of Ideas, working at the University of York on an Impact Research Fellowship – with Maggie O’Neill in Sociology and Simon Parker in Politics. Part of the focus is to encourage people to see the value of arts and […]