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Refuge: in search of safety

We all need to feel safe. But in our stressful lives, facing an uncertain future, safety is often an illusion. Confronted with war, persecution, discrimination or domestic abuse, we might leave everything behind to search for somewhere truly safe. Threatened with homelessness, illness or loneliness, any of us might take desperate measures to find – or hold onto – our own place of refuge.

What does a place of safety mean to you? A roof over your head or money in the bank? Family and friends or a stranger to talk to? A lock on the door or a gun in your hand? A sense of purpose or a sense of belonging? I’m calling for artists, photographers, architects, sculptors and poets to help us understand what seeking, finding, giving or losing a place of safety means to them, so that we can examine what it means to seek – or to provide – refuge.

The deadline for submissions has now passed, we invite you to discover those selected during FaB17, 26 May to 11 June.

Curated by Mike Bradley


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!


One week to go! 

Artists! Sculptors! Printmakers! Photographers! Ceramicists! Creatives!

You have one week to go to get your submissions in for Fringe Arts Bath 2017. We want your though-provoking, moving, challenging work on the theme of Refuge: in search of safety. 

Help us understand what a place of safety means to you.

Deadline for submissions if Monday 27th March. For details of what, how and when to submit, please see below. 

Good luck! 


When home is not a place of safety

In 1971 the charity Refuge opened the world's first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence. At the time, domestic violence was often seen as a 'private matter', something to be dealt with 'behind closed doors'; society often turned a blind eye. For more information about the work of the charity, see

Although societal attitudes have changed, domestic violence remains a shockingly current issue. On any given day Refuge still supports more than 4,600 women, children and men. The charity Women’s Aid identify that on average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales; on average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds. [figures from]

What does it mean when home is not a place of safety? 

What difference can it make to have somewhere to go to when a home is not safe? 

The open call to artists and creatives on the the theme of Refuge: in search of safety is still open. We want to understand what you as an artist, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, photographer, poet understand by the concept of a place of safety. We want you to challenge and inspire us to think about our own concept of refuge. 

Submissions for artworks inspired by the theme of Refuge: in search of safety must be received by no later than Monday 27th March 2017. For details of how to submit, please see below.


Inspired to get creative? There's still time

Submissions for Fringe Arts Bath 2017 close on Monday 27th March, so there's still time for you to get creative. If you want to submit your artwork in response to the theme of 'Refuge: in search of safety', make sure your submission is in by then.

Here’s a quick reminder of how to apply.


Please email your submissions to

Your submission must include:


Artwork can be painting or drawing in any medium, printmaking (including digital prints), sculpture in any medium (or maquettes), glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, architectural drawings or models, poetry.


The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 27th March 2017. We’re aiming to make initial selections by early April and we’ll be in touch then if you have been successful.

‘Refuge: in search of safety’ will be exhibited from Friday 26th May to Sunday 11th June 2017. Getting your work there and taking it away at the end is your responsibility.


We don’t know where we’ll be exhibited yet—Fringe Arts Bath festival typically occupies ‘alternative’ exhibition spaces across Bath, such as empty shops, basements, pubs and other unusual venues as well as more traditional gallery spaces. We’ll let you know when we do!

How much?

It’s completely free to submit proposals. If you’re selected, there’s a £20 admin charge.

Questions? Concerns? Get in touch!

There’s more detail on my blog: or follow me on twitter: @RefugeArt2017 where I’ll keep you up to date with information, inspiration and progress. And if you’ve got any questions please drop me an email: