On this page you’ll find some other projects and organisations that Stories in Transit has collaborated with or been inspired by.
ABC is 'situated on the border of art and education: it is a laboratory for aesthetic experiences, creative development and artistic awareness.'
acta, community theatre in Bristol. They were part of a project and festival called REACT 2016-2018, partnering with Rotterdams Wijktheater (Holland) and Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Sicily). It was an EU Creative Europe community theatre programme for refugees to share their stories with host communities.
ArtandSeek, who organise interactive group experiences and art workshops for children, young adults and families. They were established in 2015 and are based in Rome.
Arte Útil 'draws on artistic thinking to imagine, create and implement tactics that change how we act in society.' Initiated by artist Tania Bruguera, their website includes an archive of projects that answer their criteria for Arte Útil. These criteria include:
- Use artistic thinking to challenge the field within which it operates
- Respond to current urgencies
- Pursue sustainability
- Have practical, beneficial outcomes for its users
They have also set up an Asociación, which is growing into an 'international body to promote ways for art to work effectively in ordinary life and to initiate and support new initiatives'.
Art Refuge UK, are a charity, established in 2006, who use art and art therapy to 'support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally'. We collaborated with them in a workshop at Elephant West.
Asylum Welcome, based in Oxford. Stories in Transit collaborated with Asylum Welcome at a workshop in June 2019 and we are hoping to continue with more in future. Art Refuge was established in 1996 and play a huge part in welcoming and supporting asylum seekers, refugees and detainees to Oxford. Every unaccompanied child arriving in Oxfordshire is referred to them: they run workshops, English classes, a food bank, offer advice and practical help – working closely with lawyers, too, to support access to rights.
Brave New Alps and their new project La Foresta - accademia di comunità:
'La Foresta is an open network that currently includes associations, informal groups, individual citizens and the Social Policies Service of the Municipality of Rovereto, created with the aim of creating a community academy in the unused spaces of the north wing of the Rovereto train station (TN).'
Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham, who run an ongoing programme of events highlighting local refugee artists, refugee and migrant artists from across the country, and visiting international artists. Their programme also includes a regular music series and refugee week world music festival, which is part of National Refugee Week celebrations.
Counterpoint Arts are an organisation that commission and collaborate on projects that are framed by their core mission and beliefs: 'reflecting our commitment to support artists who have experienced displacement and artists who are exploring and amplifying the migration story.' Well worth looking at their core mission and beliefs, clearly laid out in their website!
Cities of Refuge - this five-year research project aims to 'explore and explicate the relevance of international human rights, as law, praxis and discourse, to how local governments in Europe welcome and integrate refugees'.
City of Sanctuary. Read more here. This is the umbrella organisation that has supported supports a network of groups, which includes villages, towns, cities and regions across the UK, and others engaged in Streams of Sanctuary, Sanctuary Awards and activities intended to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
Dash Arts create productions, participatory workshops and events. They have worked with over 9,000 artists and participants to audiences of over 350,000 worldwide, nurturing collaborations and forming cross-national connections.
Design for migration, a depository and blog platform that aims to collect exemplary projects in a single place, to make them available to a wider concerned audience, and to support and connect the work of other creative people working in the same domain.
The campaign End Deportations. They have made a short film, Stansted 15 On Trial
Giocherenda, based in Palermo. Their name comes from pulaar (an African language) where it means “solidarity, awareness of interdependence, strength through sharing, the joy of doing things together”; 'to play' in Italian translates to 'giocare'. Giocherenda are our key collaborators - many of the collective participated in early Stories in Transit workshops. Now the collective runs workshops, classes, creates story telling games and has a space/ shop in central Palermo.
Good Chance Theatre, a theatre company that devises productions in temporary Theatres of Hope in the form of large geodesic domes, in areas with high refugee populations, where they create meaningful opportunities for immigrant and local communities to interact through the arts. They also took part in the Migrant Knowledge conference in Cambridge.
The Hands Up Project works with over thirty different groups in Gaza, in the Occupied West Bank, and in Zaatari refugee camp for Syrian children in Jordan. Starting as storytelling sessions via very simple video conferencing tools, the project uses games and play as a way to contribute to learning English. As many as 500 kids a week now connect to volunteers around the world who work in collaboration with the local teacher to tell stories to each other. Some of the participating children have even written a book of plays, which can be bought here!
The House of Fairy Tales is a national children’s arts charity. It engages 'with young people of all ages from any socio economic or cultural background and any religion. Central to the House of Fairy Tales is the belief that providing imaginative spaces to learn and play is not just about creating happy children but happy families, healthier communities and a thriving society too.'
Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) has worked since 2007 to bring knowledge and information to those who are most in need, through making library tools and resources accessible to displaced people. Their Ideas Box is a pop-up multimedia centre and portable library, which has a similar ethos to our own developing Story Box that we are developing. Philippe Starck and the UNHCR designed the Ideas Box in 2010, an innovative tool that 'expands access to information, education and cultural resources to places that desperately need them — refugee and IDP camps, rural and isolated communities, and underserved urban spaces or indigenous communities around the world'.
Migrationlab transform 'urban spaces to public living rooms together with migrants, refugees and locals to facilitate the encounter and exchange between these communities and help them collaborate to find solutions to local problems they face. In this process [they] reuse local resources, thus the Migrationlab public living room reflects both the locality and diversity of a specific region and its communities.'
The Migration Museum , now based at the Lewisham Shopping Centre, is a project that is creating a national museum centering on migration in Britain, as well as 'a far-reaching nationwide education programme, and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK.'
Museum With No Frontiers: 'Within MWNF, artefacts in museums, monuments and archaeological sites become ‘ambassadors’ of the civilisations they represent.'
Open School East is a free, independent art school that focuses on collective learning through the arts.
openMigration is a project of openDemocracy, an independent global media organisation. In openMigration, there are countless written accounts and pieces addressing migration in many facets - addressing the different stereotypes represented in the media: The Smuggler, The Policy Critic, The Traveller.
ParaSite School and the project that has grown from the school, BorderlessTV . ParaSite School 'infiltrates the university in a parasitical way and uses its resources, people and infrastructure to embrace & serve immigrants and artists-nomads excluded by official universities in the USA and Europe. This project explores education as artistic material and the university as a contested political arena.' BorderlessTV is a storytelling and media collective who produce audiovisual content: 'We work as a participatory platform and support our members in the self-determined design of content through the media. The collective serves to promote young people and help them shape local structures.'
People United is a small Kent-based charity, who work with communities and the arts to 'encourage empathy and kindness'. They run workshops with schoolchildren, run artist commissions and are a creative laboratory building upon research into the arts and prosocial behaviour, amongst many other projects.
The National Theatre’s new ‘movement’ Public Acts and their performance of Pericles (26-28 August 2018). Public Acts was inspired in part by New York’s major initiative Public Works, which comes from The Public Theater
Not-for-profit critical design practice Public Works is a 'not-for-profit critical design practice set up in 2004 that occupies the terrain in-between architecture, art and performance.' They give space to and facilitate 'civic practices which promote direct involvement and collective action in order to transform and re-appropriate contemporary public life.'
Their project The School of Civic Action is a 'pedagogical experiment that tests alternative modes of knowledge transfer at work in civic city making, challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction.'
Phosphorous Theatre , founded in 2015, is a theatre company that emerged out of drama workshops at a Supported Housing project in London. On their website they write: 'We first started making work when the ‘refugee crisis in Europe’ was high on the public agenda. As well as informing and challenging audience opinions of refugees and asylum seekers, these early days were transformative in the lives of the actors, most of whom had never acted before or been to the theatre. Fast forward to 2020 and we’ve performed over 100 times and our actors are now supporting new performers through Phosphoros Young Company for refugee young people.'
Populate Co-operative is a community owned and led organisation creating and facilitating events and projects in UK cities: 'We actively deliver programmes of events and develop resources, while also mentoring and supporting artists, creatives and community organisations to deliver their own successful events. Our ambition is to both ‘populate’ urban places with people and creating a network of active communities achieving the following aims:
- Improve community cohesion through delivering events with diverse attendances
- Develop innovative new event formats, projects and workshops to tackle social injustice or environmental issues
- Create space for the arts and creativity within all communities
Ragazzi Harraga offered school, training, housing and work to 400 single migrant children who have arrived in Palermo. The project has continued with the work of SAAMA: 'SAAMA, in the Mandinka language spoken in Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, means “Tomorrow”.' The project, working with unnaccompanied minors, 'refers to the future built on rights and dignity.' SAAMA also works as an acronym to mean 'Autonomy Accompaniment Strategies for Welcomed Minors'.
Refugee Tales is a campaign, a walk, that stands in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and people who have been held in immigration detention. Since 2015, Refugee Tales walkers have made a large scale walk every summer - this action is part of their project to call for an end to indefinite immigration detention: 'Walkers have been met with hospitality every step of the way. Working in collaboration with migrants and those who have experienced the UK asylum system, and taking Chaucer’s great poem of journeying as a model, established writers and people with lived experience of detention have shared tales in evening events.' Refugee Tales works closely with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and have published three volumes of tales with Comma Press. Here are the em>first, em>second and em>third volumes.
Scene and Heard are a mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals: 'We give the children intensive, one-to-one adult attention, enabling them to write plays which are then performed by professional actors.'
Talking Hands is a design project based in Treviso: 'Through its activities, the project gives professional training, basic literacy as well as social support. The skills of the participants are valued as well through the collaboration with local artisanal, national and international designers in supporting the production, from the design to the realization.' They are featured on Arte Util's archive.
WildWorks are a theatre company founded in Cornwall, set up in 2005. They work with local groups internationally, grafting performances that engage with their landscapes and surroundings: 'From our base in Cornwall these adventures take us all around the world, hosting workshops in Palestine, leaping off harbour walls in Newcastle or awakening castles in Belgium. Our approach is different. We bed down in every location, get to know the people who belong to it and tease out the secrets that will shape each show. Skyline, sea wall, basement, rampart; we turn the world into a stage and invite you to come and wonder.'
Woven Gold Choir, part of the Helen Bamber Foundation, is a choir of refugees and asylum seekers from around the world: 'Our energy, richness and power come from the combination of a sense of close family, shared experience and the range of musical cultures – from Congo and Iran, to Pakistan, Kurdistan and Uganda.
We perform songs and music written by ourselves or traditional from our various countries, sung in the original language and arranged by the group – making Woven Gold a community choir like no other.' Listen to the choir here.
The Yinka Shonibare Foundation hosts residencies and supports artists in Nigeria and the UK. In Nigeria, 'the Foundation will provide multi-use live/work residency spaces in the heart of the dynamic city of Lagos and on a rural working farm in Ijebu in Ogun State.' They have recently transformed their residency project in London to take place on online platforms: Guest Projects. Find more images and follow the residency on their instagram page
1927 https://www.19-27.co.uk/ are a theatre company who merge live performance and music with animation. They tour internationally, support artists and hold workshops with young people. They transformed their most recent production intended for the stage into radio performances, which can be listened to here. They crafted one of the plays so it can be experienced with audio orchestrator software from the BBC.