Skip to main content

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary has partnered with a range of creative organisations in the City, including Aspex Portsmouth, 432 Nomads, Seekers Create and  Journeys Festival.  With these  organisations we have formed a strong community of Portsmouth asylum seekers and refugees proud to showcase their creative talents alongside members of the local community.

Portsmouth Refugee Week 2024:

Monday, 17 June, 6.45pm, Refugee Week Launch night, Portsmouth Cathedral
Tuesday, 18 June, 7pm, The Canteen – Poetry & Acoustic, The Canteen, Old Portsmouth
Wednesday, 19 June, 4pm, Traditional Music, Portsmouth Central Library
Wednesday, 19 June, 7pm, A night of Rhythm and Poetry, Coastguard Studio, Southsea
Thursday, 20 June, 12pm, Friends Without Borders/Kitchen of Hope BBQ, Music, All Saints Church
Thursday, 20 June, 7pm, RAP, Acoustic, Royal Albert Pub, Southsea
Friday, 21 June 2-4pm, Coffee Shop Conversation, ‘Home’, Aspex Gallery
Friday, 21 June, 7pm, Poetry, Acoustic & Traditional music, Hunter Gatherer Café
Saturday, 22 June, 11am, Variety of arts culture, rap, poetry, music, dance, Southsea Common
Sunday, 23 June, 12pm, Refugee Week Closing Event, Aspex Gallery

Creative Partners:

Yellow Edge Gallery

We are delighted to partner with Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport who is organising a programme of art workshops funded by Arts Council England, especially for people seeking sanctuary in Gosport. The programme will be taught by professional watercolour artist and illustrator Kevin Dean.

432 Nomads

Celebrating Portsmouth Refugee Week and Ports Fest 2023

Ports Fest 2023: Ignite the Phoenix

Portsmouth Refugee Week 2023

Dancing Through The Reigns of Fire

Portsmouth Creates

We Shine Festival – Through Our Eyes

Pooja Shah

Rangknit and Rangoli workshops at the Refugee Sanctuary Hub

Aspex Portsmouth

Aspex Portsmouth have been working closely with us on a number of creative projects for our community of people seeking sanctuary. They have run a weekly arts activity project at the PCoS Refugee Sanctuary Hub which was very successful. In addition, they have invited our community into their beautiful gallery to take part in projects that lead to exhibitions open to the public:-

Aspex Portsmouth Healing Now We Are Here,  Press article

Aspex Portsmouth – Playful,  Press article

Director of Aspex Jo Bushness talks about the project in this video.

DVMISSION Film Festival

In partnership with Action Asylum, a team of young asylum seekers has won the ‘Spirit of DVMISSION’ Award at the DVMISSION Film Festival for their film The Diamond Chronicles.

St Luke’s Church

Jubilee Celebration  – Press article




We are thankful to our funders, supporters and the local communities who come together to participate in many projects that promote the integration of refugees and asylum seekers.