We engage with refugee and migrant experiences through arts and cultural programmes.
Our mission is to 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.
Central to our mission is our belief in the ability of the arts to inspire social change and enhance inclusion & cultural integration of refugees & migrants.
We work across all art forms and collaborate with a range of people and partners: artists, arts/cultural and educational organizations and civil society activists.
We are based in Hoxton, London working nationally and internationally.
Our partners about us
The dominant political and media discourse on migration in the UK is purposely devoid of context and compassion…Counterpoints Arts seeks to counter these simple lies by reframing the migrant experience through the prism of art, culture and the telling of human stories. Whether it’s being a provocateur, a seducer, a polemicist, or simply a witness, Counterpoints Arts holds up a mirror to us all… and it’s that precious commodity which gives traction to our advocacy and influencing work. Maurice Wren, CEO, UK Refugee Council
“Working with Counterpoints Arts on the Adopting Britain exhibition has been absolutely invaluable for Southbank Centre – both in terms of working with experts in arts and migrant & refugee communities, and building a long term partnership with a forward thinking and bold arts organisation. It has helped us reach out to new communities and find ways to ensure that refugee and asylum seeker groups feel that they have a place in large scale arts institutions – not only in the sense that they feel welcome – but also that arts organisations make a conscious effort to give a platform to hidden voices and are open to being guided by the needs and ideas of these communities.” Bea Colley, Southbank Centre
“During the past three years Counterpoints Arts have collaborated closely with BFI Southbank Education on a valuable programme of film events. Presenting exemplary and artistic works of film, our shared aim has been to promote greater awareness among audiences about the treatment of migrants and refugees during Refugee Week. This has and continues to be a rich and successful partnership.” David Somerset, Education Curator, British Film Institute
“The Everyday on Canalside project has helped to restore the visibility of residents to one another. There is now an appetite for creative projects such as cooking, music, and drama, where residents can show, and develop, their knowledge and skills, and share the many cultures that coexist on Canalside…We believe that Counterpoints Arts’ involvement and support is a critical factor in that community capacity building.” Lauren Collins, Canalside Residents Association
“There is a sense of urgency to bring the reality of displacement to our society in the UK. Dis/placed, an exhibition produced by the Counterpoints Arts’ team in 2015, showed an extraordinary selection of well-curated works by artists working across several platforms, artists who are profoundly committed to shedding necessary insight onto the experience of millions of people displaced from their homelands.” Juan delGado, Artist
Almir is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts. He has worked for over 12 years on developing creative strategies for engaging with refugee and migrant experiences.
Áine O’Brien is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, London. Her creative productions to date (across documentary film, print, exhibition and curation) explore global storylines linking migration with social justice.
Emily is Refugee Week UK Coordinator at Counterpoints Arts. She has a background in media, music and community work and previously coordinated My Journey, a multimedia storytelling project at Migrants Resource Centre.
Tom Green has managed the Platforma project since 2011 and produced the Platforma Festival in London (2011), Manchester (2013) and Leicester (2015).
Dijana’s background is in visual arts. She joined the Counterpoints Arts team in 2012 as the Project Manager for Celebrating Sanctuary London and Simple Acts projects.
Tim Finch is a writer and consultant and is coordinator of the National Refugee Welcome Board.
Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a German refugee camp after World War II and now lives in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Reem Charif obtained a degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture (AA dip RIBA II), after which she completed an Msc in Development Studies
Donna spent her early career in the trades union movement, where she specialised in equality and diversity work.
Tim is Finance and Operations Director at Crisis Action – a catalyst and coordinator for organisations working together to protect civilians from armed conflict.
Denise has over 25 years’ experience in the field of equality, human rights and anti-discrimination and integration issues.
Sean Carney is President of Na Makani Eha, a private company that assists with the management of family wealth and philanthropy.
Meike Ziervogel is a writer and publisher. She grew up in Germany and came to London in 1986 to study Arabic language and literature.
A theatre maker, arts facilitator and trainer with over 30 years experience in Participatory Arts and Theatre in Education in London.
Unit 2.3 Hoxton Works
128 Hoxton Street