Portsmouth City of Sanctuary has partnered with a range of creative organisations in the City, including Aspex Portsmouth, 432 Nomads (Majid Dhana and Rishky Patel) and Journeys Festival. These organisations and individual artists have formed a strong community of Portsmouth asylum seekers and refugees proud to showcase their creative talents alongside members of the local community. 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.
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.
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:-
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
A Jubilee Celebration concert to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Local artists teamed up with local refugees and asylum seekers to create a fantastic cultural concert. We would like to thank – Majid, Rhisky, DrumNation, Africapella, Sen Sen, and Salsa Katanga all of whom are local musicians. We are thankful to the ARTS Council and HIWFC for the funding. Read about the project in the Portsmouth News – Press article