About Us

Counterpoints Arts is a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change.

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 that arts can 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, including artists, arts/cultural and educational organizations and civil society activists.

We are based in Hoxton, London working nationally and internationally.

What our partners say

Counterpoints Arts quickly proved themselves to be an invaluable Tate Exchange Associate. Not only do they deliver a vital, compelling, creative, thought-provoking and memorable programme with us on an annual basis, but they are integral to the conceptual and strategic development of Tate Exchange and in progressing our community of practice amongst our Associates. Moreover, everyone from the team is a joy to work with.

Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange

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, Programmer: Literature and Spoken Work, 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

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