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5th February 2018

By Megan Barford Maps and Refugee Journeys – Collecting at the National Maritime Museum A new collecting project at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich revolves around understanding the ways in which maps are part of, implicated in, and reflect on, refugee journeys in the twenty-first century. This includes digital, hand drawn and printed maps; maps […]

road to germany

3rd December 2017

The Party Somewhere Else are a maverick collective of female artists, promoting and showcasing creative performance work that is female led. They are hosting a festival in Nottingham, primarily based at Nottingham Playhouse, from 19-25th March 2018. Our stages and spaces will be exploding with excitement, energy and equality, fuelled by women with the power […]

the party

By James Easey This post is a response to one of the many exciting events currently happening for Platforma Festival in Newcastle. Seeing 100 Newcastle Primary school children, dressed in the colours of the United Nations, perform a musical about refugee acceptance and treating all people with respect was a hugely uplifting and heartwarming day. […]

As Free As a Bird

By James Easey This post is a response to one of the many exciting events currently happening for Platforma Festival in Newcastle. Visiting the Vane Gallery in Newcastle for the Launch of Juan delGado’s exhibition ‘Common Ground’ was a thought-provoking and powerful experience. Seeing delGado’s film use vivid nature imagery to portray the emotions of […]

Exhibition Print

20th September 2017

A new development programme for emerging storytellers, from Filotico Arts Do you enjoy telling stories and have some experience of performance? Are you a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation migrant? Do you want to reimagine and perform myths, folklore and fairy tales but also ghost stories, epics, fantasy and sci-fi narratives from around the world […]


Call to artists: A supported artist residency at St John the Baptist, Newcastle, with A+CE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) and Platforma Festival Overview A+CE and Platforma seek proposals from artists who would like to take up a supported four week residency based at St John the Baptist Church in Newcastle this summer. Programmed in […]

platforma churches call

Founded by Gudrun Filipska in 2017, The Arts Territory Exchange is a correspondence program which pairs up artists across the world and opens up a space within which to generate new ideas around our personal territories and topographies, through a simple postal exchange. The Arts Territory Exchange was set up in response to a number […]


Sarah Robinson from Art Refuge UK explains why they are working with Creative Youth Network to launch a brand new pilot project for young refugees in Bristol. In the past five years, 527 refugee children were seen by specialist health professionals for their first medical and wellbeing assessment at The Haven, a ‘first stop’ clinic for […]

art refuge

By Susanna Snyder. I am Assistant Director, Catherine of Siena College, at the University of Roehampton. I am also a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. I am conducting a study […]

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1st July 2016

Our Platforma partners in Yorkshire and Humberside, Arts on the Run, presented six artists from the region for The Art of Migration, part of the Migration Matters festival in Sheffield for Refugee Week.  Ayse Balko ‘To find personal, innovative art, sometimes an artist needs to look deeper, at new ways of self-expression that can be […]

art of migration

With Refugee Week in June 2016 approaching fast, it is time to start organising and uploading your own event. Anyone can organise an event, whether it be large or small scale, anywhere in the country, of any type. With this year’s theme of ‘Welcome’, there are endless possibilities and we will be right along side […]

refugee week

11th March 2016

By Haneen Azzam On the third floor of  Sutton House sits a beautiful handmade silk jacket once owned and worn by Sarah De St. Croix, a Huguenot refugee. The Huguenots fled from France in the 16th century and the Sutton House in Hackney was a welcome place of refuge. As part of the ‘Human Quest […]


Journalist Ismail Einashe on the memories, and questions, stirred up by an old photograph. I am holding a photo in my hand it’s of a young boy sat on the bare earth. The ground is parched, uniform, except for speckles of green grass. The boy, a tiny little thing, is wearing a dark sweater – […]


Created by the British Red Cross, The Long Road highlights real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world. The  record features the likes of Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen and spoken word poet Scroobius Pip and Congolese-born musician and singer Didier Kisala. It is produced by Brit Award winner Ethan […]


This month the travel magazine Escapism has published an extraordinary special issue looking at the situation affecting refugees around the world and how people are responding to it. Counterpoints Arts (the charity behind Platforma) helped point them towards some arts and culture stories and we’re delighted to see the great job they have done in […]