a human landscape, once Upon a Time by Eva Mileusnic. counter point Private View

Platforma Arts + Refugees Network is a UK-wide project for the development of refugee-related arts


Platforma Arts + Refugees Network is a UK-wide project for the development of refugee related arts and is delivered as a partnership between Counterpoints Arts and Oval House Theatre. The project stems from the recommendations made in the 2008 Hybrid report, The Arts and Refugees – History, Impact and the Future, commissioned by the Baring Foundation; Arts Council England, London and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The report and associated research set out to, “trace the history of the arts and refugees in the UK over the past 20 years, to identify trends in practice and funding, to report on the outcomes of this activity and to make recommendations for its future support. ”

Over the last decade there has been a significant development of artistic work that has responded to global migration issues, the work is hugely varied and has happened in locations all over the UK. There is a recognised need for people creating this work to share it with each other and learn from different approaches.

In January 2010, Refugee Week UK, Oval House and ArtReach were appointed by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to run a new project for developing and promoting refugee related arts. The main purpose of the project is to create a dedicated website and run national events on arts and refugees in order to improve networking and practice development amongst relevant stakeholders.

The project’s main outputs, a website and two high profile national events, are used as different means of bringing together, showcasing and promoting the work of relevant stakeholders.

The project also seeks to support the development of regional networks, which are involved in managing relevant sections of the website and contributing to the development of the national events. CAN coordinates the Platforma North West Hub.

In providing a national framework for refugee related arts, the project is a catalyst for relevant stakeholders to share practice, debate issues, explore new and innovative ideas and engage with new audiences. It also aims to create a space for debate and critical questioning and new notions of identity, culture and interaction between refugee and host communities.