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Refuge: in search of safety

Do you ever stop to examine what makes you feel safe?

This thought-provoking exhibition gets to the heart of what it is that could make any of us seek refuge from harm, from fear, from circumstances beyond our control.

We all share a need to feel safe, and to help those we love feel the same. But in our stressful lives, facing an uncertain future, safety is often just an illusion.

Beginning as a response to the refugee crises of the past few years, this exhibition grew to include not only refuge from war or persecution but aspects which seem much more familiar: refuge from physical harm, illness, homelessness.

We bring together a varied group of artists, each of whom explores the theme in a deeply personal way. Between them they seek to help us understand what it is that gives us our sense of safety, or takes it away. Is refuge a place, a person, a state of mind? What lengths would we go to if this was threatened?

A dramatic exhibition featuring a range of media, from paintings and photography to video poetry, sculpture and stunning installations, it uncovers the humanity in our shared search for that feeling of safety.

Curated by Mike & Dona Bradley

Venue: FaB 2, 94 Walcot Street, BA1 5BG
Open 10am to 6pm - Sat 27 May to Sat 10 June
and 10am to 3pm Sun 11 June


Walkthrough Video & Feedback form

So, the artwork has gone, the walls have been made good and the dust has settled on Refuge: in search of safety. We had an amazing time meeting some wonderful artists, curators and visitors and we miss it all very much. Can't wait for next year in whichever capacity we're involved!

To extend the experience a bit longer here is a little walkthrough video of the exhibition so you can either relive your visit, visit if you missed us or share with your friends. Do contact us if you want more information about any of our artists.

If you did visit then we would be really grateful if you could fill in our feedback form at the following link

Refuge: in search of safety - feedback form

It shouldn't take long and has nice simple tick boxes and room for comments. It would be really helpful for us as this was our first ever exhibition and we would love to know if we did okay. We hope to do more in the future so anything you can tell us will be really useful.

Thanks to everyone involved in the whole Fringe Arts Bath Festival. See you in 2018 and stay safe.

Mike & Dona



An invitation to Refuge: in search of safety

We now have all of our artists confirmed and the installation process begins very soon. As a little taste of what's to come and with details of where we are and when we'll be there here is our invitation. Please share and hope to see you there.


Preparations are getting underway...

It's been a busy month, sifting through submissions, making difficult decisions about what we can and can't include in the exhibition. Thanks again for everyone who submitted work for Refuge: in search of safety, we had such a wonderful variety of submissions and an amazingly high quality of work. It's going to be a beautiful, thought-provoking show.

Exciting news: we now know what our venue is (which we will reveal very shortly) and are going to have a look this week. That means we can make our final decisions on what's possible in the space and start work on preparing for the exhibition itself. Very exciting!

Stay tuned for updates and sneak peaks as things start to come together...



Open call now closed!

Phew! The deadline for submissions to this year's Fringe Arts Bath has now closed!

Thanks to everyone who submitted artwork for Refuge: in search of safety. I've had a first look and there have been some wonderful submissions; the standard is really high and there is a lot for us to look through. Please bear with me as I give all submissions full consideration. I will be in touch with all successful artists in April.

Huge thanks again to everyone who submitted work.



Deadline day! 

Today's the day! If you want to submit your work for Refuge: in search of safety for this year's Fringe Arts Bath, you've got a few hours left to put the finishing touches. 

I can't wait to see what exciting pieces and ideas are submitted for this year's show. For more details of what, how and when to submit, please see below. Remember, we ask for a short written statement explaining the piece and outlining how it meets the brief, to accompany your pictures. 

What does Refuge mean to you? What does it mean to seek, lose, find or offer safety? 

Good luck!