Studio of Sanctuary

Our Studio of Sanctuary programme aims to use arts, culture and the creative process to bring people together and contribute to the building of a cohesive community that values diversity.

SOS Printmakers

Our Studio of Sanctuary Programme brings together asylum seekers and refugees with the wider Wakefield population to work together creatively and learn about each other. This Autumn we will be running the ‘Studio of Sanctuary at home’ programme for adults and primary school children across Wakefield District.

Our Studio of Sanctuary programmes are free and open to everyone. If you are able to pay for the costs of a materials box for yourself or even sponsor a box, we can reach even more people.

Adult programme

Join teaching artist Jenna Coulthard and learn about different printmaking techniques from the comfort of your own home. You will be able to collect your printer’s box at the beginning of the programme from The Art House and a number of pick up points across the city. The box contains all the materials and equipment you will need for the course. Each week you will receive a newsletter with video and step-by-step instructions about a different printmaking technique each week. Tell us about what you made: send us a voice note or take a photo! We will be sharing your work each week on the newsletter. We can’t wait to see what you create.

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Children’s programme: We Make Wakefield

We will commission 3 artists from refugee, asylum seeker and settled communities who have a strong connection with Wakefield to design and deliver an activity pack to 6 and 7 year olds in the District. Packs will be filled with activities about how the children see themselves, their communities and their district. Activities will prompt the children to return elements of their packs. These elements will be collated by the commissioned artist into a collaborative work, which will be displayed publicly as part of ArtWalk. 50 packs will be delivered to: Year 2 children at Lawfield Lane Primary School, Urban House and distributed through refugee sector organisations.


What is the Studio of Sanctuary?

The Art House is the UK’s first Studio of Sanctuary. We welcome everyone to take part in the Studio of Sanctuary, which has two projects:

1. Helping refugees and asylum seekers who are professional artists to start making work and build a career in the UK
2. Running art workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and people from Wakefield. You do not have to be an artist – this is a place where you can learn skills and meet someone new. There are workshops for adults and children.

What happens at Studio of Sanctuary workshops?

A friendly welcome from our staff and the other people attending the workshop.

All workshops are free. Food is provided. We can help with travel costs.

Please arrive on time. Be prepared to get messy. Wear closed-toed shoes and hair tied up.

We will ask for some information about you or your child when you come to the workshop.

Can I come to a workshop?

Yes! For more details please call 01924 312000, email or come in and speak to our friendly reception staff.

Get in touch

Find out more about Studio of Sanctuary and how to get involved.

Contact us
Studio of Sanctuary Art Workshops at The Art House