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World Refugee Day

June 21st, 2018|Comments Off on World Refugee Day

Wednesday 20 June was World Refugee Day. ArtReach through Journeys 2018 organised events in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, that proved very popular with local communities in each city. Read more about these inspirational events and see some great pictures below! #WorldRefugeeDay

Refugee Week 2018 continues until Sunday 24 June and you can find all the events here.



Wednesday evening saw the launch of Suspended at Leicester Cathedral. Suspended is an art installation by artist Arabella Dorman composed of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees upon their arrival on the island of Lesbos. 

Mohammed Yahya, a Mozambican-born rapper and spoken word artist, performed his unique brand of soulful and compassionate lyricism with energy and emotion to mark  the launch, got everyone on their feet and brought incredible atmosphere to the evening. It was a night to remember!

This exhibition will remain in place throughout the summer and will end following the conclusion of Journeys Festival International, which takes place in Leicester on 17-26 August.



We were delighted to have Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK, Simo Lagnawi at The Wedgewood Room in Portsmouth. Simo endeavours to spread understanding of the sacred Gnawa tradition, and to introduce his own movements of Gnawa fusion to wider audiences. On Wednesday, he was supported by Portsmouth based Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae band Omar Baba.

This was such a successful and inspiring event as part of Portsmouth Festivities Refugee Week celebrations in partnership with Journeys Festival International and The People’s Lounge.


At HOME cafe bar in Manchester we had an inspiring night, as we teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to celebrate diversity and the rights of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, through live music from young Eritrean singer Neda Naser, great art, craft activities and a quiz.

We were delighted to live stream part of the evening. If you missed it, don’t worry you can watch the video on our Facebook page here

This project was supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.


MIGRATE exhibition is at the Lightbox at LCB Depot all week for Refugee Week 2018 and World Refugee Day. MIGRATE is a Unicef NextGen exhibition presenting new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers.

We have already had a great evening launch, an artist talk and coming next is a Free Polaroid workshop on Saturday 23 June between 11-2PM. You can see the exhibition all week until Saturday and book for the workshop here.


World Refugee Day

May 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on World Refugee Day

ArtReach joins a European network of events for World Refugee Day on 20 June 2018, as part of Journeys 2018. The events take place across our three cities: Manchester, Leicester and Portsmouth. (more…)

Night of Festivals Hounslow

May 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Night of Festivals Hounslow

Night of Festivals shines a spotlight on Hounslow’s rich heritage

Night of Festivals will return to Bell Square & Hounslow High Street for a fourth year running. Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this year’s festival will feature a specially designed ‘pop-up museum’. Community researchers have been working with Hounslow’s Local Studies Department to reveal the people, places and stories that make the town tick. Throughout the festival, audiences can visit the ‘pop-up museum’ for free to explore this new material.

Alongside this research, artist Kully Rehal has been into four of the local primary schools to work with over 300 hundred students producing flags & banners depicting some of the key moments and stories from the town’s past. School groups will parade their artwork through the High Street as part of the wider festival which takes place on 9 – 10 June.

For more information and programme announcements see www.nightoffestivals.com

ArtReach to help develop York Cultural Strategy

May 15th, 2018|Comments Off on ArtReach to help develop York Cultural Strategy

The ArtReach team is thrilled to have been selected to help the York Cultural Leaders Group and Make it York develop a new long-term Cultural Strategy for the city.

With a wealth of artistic and heritage activity and attractions, York already holds UNESCO City of Media Arts status and is ambitious to further develop its iconic cultural programme. The city hosts seven million visitors a year, but is determined that local residents should be key beneficiaries of exciting long-term cultural development.

ArtReach will be consulting with the sector and with local people extensively through summer 2018 with the aim to have a Cultural Strategy in place by December.

New ArtReach team members!

May 8th, 2018|Comments Off on New ArtReach team members!

We are delighted to welcome two new team members to the ArtReach “family”.

Gary Cicinskas joins us from 21 May as our new Marketing and Communications Manager. Gary has until recently been Programme Manager for the Appetite Creative People and Places project in Stoke-on-Trent. Prior to that Gary worked with Lincolnshire Dance, as well as establishing and leading his own Workshop Network business to promote and deliver a range of creative participation.

In early July we welcome Lynn Simmonds who joins us from her current role as Development Manager at St John Smith’s Square in London. Lynn will be working as Arts and Heritage Consultant with ArtReach and has previous experience with Music for Youth, as Manager of a Youth Music Action Zone, and as a Charity Consultant with New Philanthropy Capital.

We are very much looking forwards to the input both new team members will bring.


ArtReach creates new MD role!

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on ArtReach creates new MD role!

To support a number of exciting developments and initiatives from 2018, ArtReach is seeking to recruit a new post of Managing Director. (more…)