Join Counterpoints Arts for Refugee Week 2017

June 5, 2017

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 […]

No Boundaries 2017 – A Symposium on the Role of Arts and Culture

May 17, 2017

Counterpoints Arts Co-directors, Áine O’Brien and Almir Koldzic, participated at this year’s No Boundaries conference (28-29 March), addressing the transformative potential of art as a catalyst for social change. During this presentation they reflected on the power of lived experience, the need for creative alliances, cross-collaboration, and the role of art as a tool of social critique, working from […]

Trigger Warning

April 26, 2017

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

April 26, 2017

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?

March 20, 2017

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?

March 16, 2017

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 […]

Who Are We? At Tate Exchange, 14 -19 March

February 14, 2017

A week of participatory installations, conversations, and learning labs Behjat Omer Abdulla working on the ‘From a Distance Series’ with our friends at Valand Academy, Sweden (Photo: Andreas Engman) Curated by Tate Exchange Associates: Counterpoints Arts, The Open University, University of Warwick and Loughborough University As part of Tate Exchange:  14-19 March 2017 In […]

Counterpoints Arts Co-Director Almir Koldzic selected for the 2017 Clore Fellowship

December 7, 2016

We are absolutely delighted to share that our co-director Almir Koldzic has been selected for the 2017 Clore Fellowship. The Clore Fellowship is a leadership development programme for 24 carefully selected emerging social sector leaders. As part of  Clore’s new Social Leader’s Capabilities Framework, Almir will participate in a programme of  indiviually tailored development and peer […]

Announcing: Who are We? A Tate Exchange project

December 7, 2016

  In a moment of global movement, connection and dis-connection of people across national borders, we ask who are ‘we’? Who gets to decide? We are excited to announce: Who are We? – a week long programme of artist-led workshops, debate, drop in activity and lively disruption, asking what it means to belong – across and […]

It takes a story to make change: ‘I, Daniel Blake’

October 31, 2016

  Image: I, Daniel Blake (Director, Ken Loach, 2016) It’s been 50 years since Ken Loach’s television play Cathy Come Home was first broadcast. It generated huge public debate and outrage about the state of public housing in this country, driving public awareness and change around the issue of homelessness. 50 years on it is debatable, […]

Walking, Talking, Making and Acting: Arts and Social Change Retreat

October 21, 2016

A diverse mix of delegates gathered in Dartington Hall in Devon (5-7 October) for an inaugural ‘Arts and Social Change’ Retreat, with a focus on Migration. This was Counterpoints Arts ‘first retreat’, so we were experimenting with ways of coming together and collaborating through the arts and with the wider team at Dartington Hall. From […]

breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes – blog tour

July 27, 2016

This is breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes, commissioned and published by Peirene Press for Peirene Now! series. Published on 1st August, with 50p of every sale donated to us at Counterpoints Arts. With thanks to Peirene, the award-winning boutique publishing house based in London, specialising in contemporary European novellas and short novels in English translation. […]

This was Refugee Week 2016!

July 11, 2016

As well as co-ordinating Refugee Week around the country (this year there were more than 600 events) here at Counterpoints Arts we also produced our own events at Southbank Centre, British Museum, BFI and RichMix. Our evening at the British Musuem saw an exciting range of workshops, film screenings, participatory installations and performances in including […]

Interview with Almir Koldzic for Perfoming Borders

July 7, 2016

June 14, 2016 Almir Koldzic | June 2016 Alessandra Cianetti: Almir, your are the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts and your work has been focusing on ‘developing creative strategies for making refugees and migrants’ contributions become more recognised and welcomed within the British arts, history and culture’. How did your commitment and work with […]

Everyday on Canalside Summer Party

June 30, 2016

We very much look forward to celebrating the end of the second year of our partnership with the Canalside Residents’ Association. The celebration is in form of a community Summer Party at Canalside Estate with residents, neighbours, local organisations and businesses. The Summer Party is 15.00 to 18.00 on 16th July, Phillip Street, N1 5NU. […]