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"My Dream Home" by Habiba Israt - Taken from Re/Making Home GalleryLink opens in a new window

(Part of our activities in 2021 in the frame of City of Culture Sanctuary)

The BREM network has been committed to supporting the UK University of Sanctuary initiative and played a pivotal role in the University of Warwick's application to become a University of Sanctuary in 2017 and its reapplication in 2021.

Information about Warwick's work as a University of Sanctuary is now available at the Widening Participation outreach pages, here.
Information about University of Sanctuary Scholarship opportunities, here

BREM activities in 2021 as part of the City of Culture Sanctuary thematic

In June 2021, BREM curated a month-long series of free public events as part of Warwick Resonate FestivalLink opens in a new window. These focused on the theme of sanctuary, providing a unique opportunity for colleagues across the University to share their work on migration and displacement with local communities and stakeholders.

The curated work comprised workshops, art exhibitions, theatre performances and displays conducted both online and in person. It involved academics from across different faculties co-producing events with a diverse range of local groups including CARAG, Coventry Welcomes, Central England Law School, Coventry City Council, and many more.

A total of 17 events were held during the month, with 226 live attendees and 835 post-event online views within 30 days. Audiences included members of refugee and migrant communities, as well as from Coventy’s cultural and local charity sectors in connection with the annual Coventry Welcomes event (formally Refugee and Migrant week).

Feedback was extremely positive overall. Yanal Armanazi, a participant of the co-produced Re/Making Home eventLink opens in a new window says: ‘It’s my pleasure to be involved in any work with you. Many thanks for giving me this opportunity. The event was amazing, it worked very well. Special thanks to Vicki, her message made me feel proud of myself!’