Hostile Environment, Artful Living


A 1-day conference on sanctuary and the creative arts.

Blurring the boundaries between critical academic practice and creative intervention, this 1-day conference asks how creativity can be employed to resist and circumvent the actively ‘hostile environment’ promoted against people seeking sanctuary and of lived refugee experience within the UK. The day will consist of a series of talks, workshops, networking activities and creative activities offered by academics, creatives and organisations, in which people of and not of lived refugee experience are invited to participate together. The day will be of interest to researchers, creatives, support organisations, activists and anyone interested in countering our hostile environment with creativity and compassion.

The day will include a free lunch courtesy of the Syrian Vegan Kitchen, and will conclude with a comedy gig from refugee-led comedy collective No Direction Home (also bookable as a separate event at 5.30pm; see Nottingham Refugee Week listings).