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 […]

Different Past, Shared Futures: Refugee Week at The British Museum

June 19, 2017

Join us for a rich range of happenings and activities taking place at The British Museum – from music performances, to visual installations, youth workshops and much more. Prompted by this year’s Refugee Week, ‘Our Shared Future’, the programme is curated to encourage full participation. Catering for all ages, it’s a heady mix of theatre, […]

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

June 17, 2017

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 […]

Our Table: The Art of Food, Migration and Social Justice

June 13, 2017

Counterpoints Arts went to Cork, Ireland to moderate a public conversation about Our Table, a project focusing on the political power of food to make social change. Our Table is  specifically aiming to end the ‘direct provision’ system across Ireland. This conversation, set in the heart of the English Food Market in Cork City, was a […]

Learning Lab: Support Group network-SGN & Re:Act, Valand Academy, Kultur i Väst, Outgrain, and Counterpoints Arts, London

June 7, 2017

Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab travelled to Sweden for two days 30-31st May, to explore the self-organising cooperative methodologies developed and enacted by Support Group Network- SGN and Re:Act project of Save the Children, across different refugee camps and municipalities in Sweden. The aim of the Learning Lab was to connect and engage artists, activists, educators, […]

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 […]

Counterpoints Arts Privacy Policy

May 29, 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) requires all organisations within the EU who process Personal Data to be transparent on how, why and what data is captured, stored and processed; the lawful basis for holding and processing personal data; how individuals can access information on themselves held by the organisation; and how […]

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 […]