Commission: Embassy for Refugees by Natasha Reid

Sunday 16th June 2013

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As part of the 2013 Refugee Week, Counterpoints Arts commissioned Natasha Reid’s The Embassy for Refugees.  A site-specific piece, it allowed art practice, architecture, design, human rights advocacy and participatory methods to be interwoven in Reid’s deliberate re-construction of the ‘typology’ of the Embassy building. In creating an organic hybrid, Reid questioned and extended the application of ‘diplomacy’ in relation to the global realities of refugees together with humanitarian and legal principles associated with concepts of sanctuary.

 The Embassy for Refugees project also formed a key case study for the Learning Lab at Counterpoints Arts, a series of workshops run in partnership with the British Council in Autumn 2013, The Learning Lab project focuses on the creative arts as a driver for social change in relation to public.