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. […]

Stunning New T-Shirt Prints by Marios Schwab and Studio Moross

June 3, 2016

It’s been our huge privilege to have one of London’s most exciting fashion designers, Marios Schwab and the award-winning Studio Moross working with us on creating a unique, small collection of stunning t-shirt designs in support of Refugee Week. When we first approached Marios, our idea was to build on the concept behind Refugee Week […]

Our Summer 2016 programme

June 3, 2016

We celebrate Refugee Week 2016 with a programme of film screenings, music gigs, performances, readings, installations and workshops – all happening across a range of top venues in London. The summer programme includes Learning Labs, a session at Christie’s and participatory events at the Festival of Love, and a rich mix of projects and events […]

Our Dublin Migration Lab: Art / Human Rights / Refugees

June 3, 2016

      Learning Lab is travelling to Dublin this June, 14th to 15th, presenting a very special Lab edition – Art / Human Rights / Refugees – in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Institute. The two day programme: Dublin Learning Lab programme  

Swedish Minister visits Counterpoints Arts

March 9, 2016

On 8th March we were delighted to host a visit by Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Swedish government minister for Culture and Democracy. The Minister explained something of the situation in Sweden, where more refugees per capita have been accepted than in any other EU Country. Led by our Co-Director, Áine O’Brien, the Counterpoints Arts team […]

Platforma Festival 2015, Leicester

January 8, 2016

We were delighted to welcome a team from BBC Arts to our Platforma Festival in Leicester in November. Overall we helped them make four films, including one about the Platforma Conference. The films were part of a season curated by Vicky Featherstone (artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre) and included pieces on The Paper Project, […]


January 8, 2016

In June 2015, we organised a week-long programme of events in response to global demographic shifts and unprecedented levels of human displacement. The programme featured over 40 artists working across visual art, film, photography, Live Art, performance and design, dis/placed considers the experiences of people who are ‘staying temporarily’, sometimes for generations, in stateless limbos, […]

‘Life Seekers’ by Jillian Edelstein

September 22, 2015

This group of refugees arrived on Lesvos by dinghy. The group are gathering up their belongings, amazed that they’ve arrived and finally are at the ‘gateway’ to Europe. There is something so poignant about the little girls red cap and coat. Jillian Edelstein Counterpoints Arts is pleased to be working with acclaimed photographer, Jillian Edelstein, on […]