Bobby is the CEO of the charity Art Refuge UK, and since September 2015 has been leading its ongoing project on the France-UK border at Calais.

Established in 2006, Art Refuge UK is a small, robust charity that works through art and art therapy with people who have been displaced due to war, oppression, trafficking, natural disaster and/or poverty.  

The charity's team of artists and art therapists is equipped to deliver dynamic, culturally relevant and responsive programmes in a wide range of contexts across the UK, France and internationally with a longstanding history in South Asia.  They are skilled at adapting our work to support safe and imaginative spaces for refugees, including unaccompanied minors, both in transit and once they have reached a final destination. 

Its ethos is based upon a participatory and collaborative practice informed by decades of individual and collective experience and skills in the visual arts, art therapy, trauma work and psychosocial approaches. Always working in close partnership with local and international government and non-governmental organisations, its work largely takes place through groups and it currently operates in London, Bristol, and on the France-UK border at Calais. 

The team engages in public discourse through active use of social media as an advocacy platform as well as a place to celebrate people's creative agency; fundraising events; exhibitions; academic writing; presentation of papers at conferences and delivery of arts-based psychosocial training programmes in the UK, Europe and internationally. Its work is underpinned by a strong team of Trustees with expertise in art therapy, asylum law, social work with unaccompanied minors, fundraising and communications.

Art Refuge UK

www.artrefugeuk.org

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