Refugees and displaced persons

“Enabling refugees and asylum seekers to integrate and lead meaningful lives”, we offer sessions to help build and strengthen relationships through a variety of shared creative activities. Diversity and inclusivity are embraced in a warm, safe, welcoming and fun environment.

Who for

Any project or organisation working with displaced persons and refugees of all ages, host families and children.


We believe that the shared fun and experience of creating and making, strengthens human connections, reducing a sense of isolation. Embracing diversity, inclusivity and collaboration, our workshops help to increase confidence and general wellbeing; people feel more at ease with themselves, with each other and in their community environment.

What we offer

A chance to explore, experiment and play freely with a range of art materials, enjoy the fun and freedom of making art independently and with each other. These workshops are guided by a professional, practising artist facilitator with a breadth of experience working with diverse community groups:

    • half-day experimental making £150 per group (max 25)*
    • whole-day experimental making £250 per group (max 25)*
    • residential weekend (please enquire)

Why choose Arts Lab

    • Safe and non-judgmental environment
    • Memorable, out of norm experience in professional artist’s studio
    • Peaceful place for artistic inspiration in Dartington’s physical setting
    • Increased confidence and belief in own ability to make healthy decisions for themselves and others
    • Improved ability to problem solve and affect positive change in own lives and lives of others by working ‘beyond comfort zone’ in expressive and experiential ways
    • Opened up possibilities of taking part in other arts sessions beyond group by working alongside professional artists
    • Built, reinforced and improved confidence in positive connections and relationships
    • Overcome reluctance to get involved, ‘have a go’ and pressure to ‘perform’/conform
    • Reduced anxiety
    • Instilled ‘can do’ mentality
    • Instilled curiosity and love of learning through engaging and interactive activities
    • Results can include bold, bright work to be taken away
    • Enjoyment
    • Flexibility to bring service to you, engaging with those anxious about learning in unfamiliar places

Bookings & enquiries

See booking enquiry at bottom of page

What’s Been Said

“It was such a privilege to be a small part of facilitating a truly moving and tender day sharing personal stories, paintings from the days’ workshops and listening to one another’s hearts with Syrian refugee families and kids and the local community. Sara and Saif, it was a pleasure to witness this collaboration of Arts Lab and Integr8. You carry and oooze such a passion for community, acceptance and love – it’s contagious. Keep shining and pioneering.”

Amy Orr (Arts Lab visiting intern)

Previous/ongoing projects

Saif Ali, Integr8 and South Devon Refugee Support Network – “New Beginnings” day of creativity (read more)

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