GCR Resources

A selection of relevant organisations, cross-sector published titles, readings, and digital media.


A selection of relevant organisations

Art Moves Africa (AMA), international not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent.

Africalia: One of Africalia’s convictions are that African cultures and arts are assets for Africans and for the world.

American Art Therapy Association: About Art Therapy

Arts Care UK arts in health charity

Bayimba: is a multiple-branched organization that focuses on uplifting arts and culture in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity

Arts Council England

Arts Rights Justice Working Group

CDC, The Community Development Centre, address the grassroots needs of indigenous communities in Africa.

Acta engages people through theatre, aimed towards those without privilege, who are not connected to the cultural life of Bristol such as isolated older people; migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers .

Arts Together

Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces

Art for Refugees in Transition A.R.T

ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network: an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Irish Association for Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT), their vision is for Creative Arts Therapies to be accessible, visible and valued as an integral part of health, education and social care systems.

Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO), IRAQ. IMPROVING RESILIENCE THROUGH ART, through Service Hubs, HHRO focus on improving the resilience of youth through Art.

Arts in integration: IIRA

Kazzum Arts: Making space for creativity to improve young lives.

Association Terra Vera 


QNUSHYO & The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, Resond advice hub

Musicians Without Borders

Mobility and Arts Rights, On the Move (OTM) aims to facilitate cross-border mobility in the arts and culture sector

Federal Ministry of Cultural and Media Affairs, Germany

IETM, International network for contemporary performing arts

The European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations

Art Refuge UK: works through art and art therapy with people who have been displaced.

The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Netherlands

The RESPOND project & digital art exhibition ‘Displaced Bodies and Hearts” . The Respond project is a Horizon 2020 project that will study the multilevel governance of migration in 11 countries.

Swedish Arts Council

Global Arts Corps: uses the transformative power of theatre to bring together people from opposite sides of violent conflict, unrest & war

Touring Artists

Canada: Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees initiative

Artolution, works to empower communities through collaborative public art-making initiatives to promote healing, resilience and positive social change.

Save The Children, Healing and Education Through the Arts (HEART)


A selection of relevant cross-sector published titles & reading

Arts and Refugees: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2019). This book focuses on the relevance of the arts and of artistic practices in the actual integration of refugees into the social fabric, a topic which is relatively neglected both in media and political discourse. Download here

‘Art is the meeting ground of the world inside and the world outside’ Elinor Ulman: Art therapy in theory and practice, Schocken (1987)

Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition Creative Arts and Play Therapy, New York : Guilford Publications, eds Malchiodi and Crenshaw by Cathy A. Malchiodi (2014)

Kalmanowitz, Debra. “Inhabited Studio: Art Therapy and Mindfulness, Resilience, Adversity and Refugees.” International Journal of Art Therapy 21.2 (2016): 75-84.

Kowitt, Sarah Dorothy, Dane Emmerling, Diane Gavarkavich, Claire-Helene Mershon, Kristin Linton, Hillary Rubesin, Christine Agnew-Brune, and Eugenia Eng. “A Pilot Evaluation of an Art Therapy Program for Refugee Youth From Burma.” Art Therapy 33.1 (2016): 13-20.

Dieterich-Hartwell, Rebekka, and Sabine Koch. “Creative Arts Therapies as Temporary Home for Refugees: Insights from Literature and Practice.” Behavioral Sciences 7.4 (2017): 69.

Hanania, Alexandra. “A Proposal for Culturally Informed Art Therapy With Syrian Refugee Women: The Potential for Trauma Expression Through Embroidery (Une Proposition D’art-thérapie Adaptée à La Culture De Femmes Réfugiées Syriennes : Le Potentiel De La Broderie Pour L’expression Du Traumatisme).” Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal 31.1 (2018): 33-42.

“I Feel Like I Am Finding Peace”: Exploring the Use of a Combined Art Therapy and Adapted Seeking Safety Program with Refugee Support GroupsGretchen E. Ely ; Samantha Koury ; Kim Bennett ; Cari Hartinger ; Susan Green ; Thomas NochajskiAdvances in Social Work, 01 September 2017, Vol.18(1), pp.103-115

Langton, Marcia, and Nikos Papastergiadis. 2003. Complex Entanglements: Art, Globalisation, and Cultural Difference. London, Sydney, and Chicago: Rivers Oram Press.

Lenssen, Anneka Erin. 2014. The Shape of the Support: Painting and Politics in Syria’s Twentieth Century.Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Winegar, Jessica. 2008b. The humanity game: Art, Islam, and the war on terror. Anthropological Quarterly 81: 651–68.

Zinn, Howard. 2011. Artists in Times of War. New York: Seven Stories Press.

Salih, Ruba, and Sophie Richter-Devroe. 2014. Cultures of resistance in Palestine and beyond: On the politics of art, aesthetics, and affect. The Arab Studies Journal 22: 8–27.

Walker-Parker, Sharon LaVon. 2005. Embodied Exile: Contemporary Iranian Women Artists and the Politics of Place. Ph.D. thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Ugurlu, Nilay, Leyla Akca, and Ceren Acarturk. “An Art Therapy Intervention for Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress, Depression and Anxiety among Syrian Refugee Children.” Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies 11.2 (2016): 1-14.

Rowe, Cassandra, Rose Watson-Ormond, Lacey English, Hillary Rubesin, Ashley Marshall, Kristin Linton, Andrew Amolegbe, Christine Agnew-Brune, and Eugenia Eng. “Evaluating Art Therapy to Heal the Effects of Trauma Among Refugee Youth: The Burma Art Therapy Program Evaluation.” Health Promotion Practice 18.1 (2017): 26-33.

Schouten, Karin Alice, Susan Van Hooren, Jeroen W. Knipscheer, Rolf J. Kleber, and Giel J.M. Hutschemaekers. “Trauma-Focused Art Therapy in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 20.1 (2019): 114-30.

Reflections of body image in art therapy: exploring self through metaphor and multi-media, by Margaret R. Hunter, foreword by Richard Carolan, London and New York, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2012)

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

Griswold, Eliza. 2018. Mapping the Journeys of Syria’s artists. The New Yorker.

Integrative art therapy and depression: a transformative approach, by Vibeke Skov, London and Philadelphia, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2015)

UNHCR: Art project brings together Congolese refugees and Tanzanian students(2012)

Read the winning comic book from UNICEF’s School Superhero Comic Contest: Rizka an 18-year-old illustrator and anti-bullying advocate from South Sulawesi, Indonesia(2019)

American Music Therapy Journal

Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga

Boullata, Kamal. 2004. Art under the Siege. Journal of Palestine Studies 33: 70–84

Kalmanowitz, and Ho. “Out of Our Mind. Art Therapy and Mindfulness with Refugees, Political Violence and Trauma.” The Arts in Psychotherapy 49 (2016): 57-65.

Fitzpatrick, Fiona. “A Search for Home: The Role of Art Therapy in Understanding the Experiences of Bosnian Refugees in Western Australia.” Art Therapy 19.4 (2002): 151-58.

Moosa, Afsal, Jaseem Koorankot, and K. Nigesh. “Solution Focused Art Therapy among Refugee Children.” Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing 8.8 (2017): 811-16.

UNICEF supports Syrian youth to reach their full potential: young entrepreneur recently started an online gift shop where she uses her talents to create unique handmade and recycled items(2019)

Journal of Applied Arts in Health

Dadaab Stories: multimedia platform containing stories & films from Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya

Dramatherapy and destructiveness: Creating the evidence base, playing with Thanatos, edited by Ditty Dokter, Pete Holloway and Henri Seebohm, London and New York, Routledge (2011)

Journal of the British Association for Dramatherapists

The New Times Rawanda: Why children should learn painting (2018)

O’Neill, A. and H. Moss (2015). “A Community Art Therapy Group for Adults With Chronic Pain.” Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 32(4): 158 – 167.

UNHCR: Syrian refugees transform used tents into vibrant works of art

Millbrook, A. (2019). Digital storymaking: Dramatherapy with young people online. Dramatherapy, 40(1), 28–40.

Khan, W., I. Mohamad Onn Yap, et al. (2015). “Perceptions of music therapy for older people among healthcare professionals.” BMJ Medical Humanities (in press)

Bourke, Joanna. 2017. War and Art. London: Reaktion Books.

Cooke, Miriam. 2016. Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis.

Mackinlay, John. 2003. Artists and war. The RUSI Journal 148: 20–23.

Jelinek, Alana. 2013. This Is Not Art: Activism and Other ‘Not-Art’. London: IB Tauris.

British Journal of Music Therapy

UNHCR: Syrian director unites refugees and locals through drama

Art Therapies and the Intelligence of Feeling. Salvo Pitruzzella, Malcolm Ross and Sarah Scoble (eds). University of Plymouth Press.ISBN 978-1-84102-356-4

Presence and process in expressive arts works: at the edge of wonder, Herbert Eberhart and Sally Atkins, foreword by Paolo J. Knill, London and Philadelphia, Jessica Kingsley (2014)

Arts in Arts Therapies: A European Perspective. Sarah Scoble, Macolm Ross and Christine Lapoujade (eds) ISBN 978-1-84102-225-3, a compilation of chapters from arts therapists, artists and educationalists from six European countries: Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain & the UK.

Migration Museum Project: Art therapy with asylum seekers and refugees: the New Art Studio

Interactive three-month musical programs found to have a “particularly strong effects upon people’s communication skills and mood”.

Akoyunoglou-Christou, Mitsi. “Music Therapy Groups with Children at Transit Refugee Camps in Chios Island, Greece.” Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 25.Sup1 (2016): 7.

Levine, Ellen G. Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy : An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach / Ellen G. Levine. 2015.

Baker, Barbara Ann. “Art Speaks in Healing Survivors of War.” Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma 12.1-2 (2006): 183-98.

Music therapy and parent-infant bonding, edited by Jane Edwards, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2011)

Homsey, Dakota D. 2016. The Art of Exile: A Narrative for Social Justice in a Modern World. Student Publications. 421.

UNICEF, Art and the world’s largest lesson

A selection of relevant digital media.

UNHCR: Syrian director unites refugees and locals through drama (2019)

“Art heals. It teaches us peace and security. It is such a huge thing, more important than what you learn at school……….When you turn something negative in the life of a child into something positive, it makes a huge difference to their future.” Bassem

American Art Therapy Association link in relation to Trauma: Cheryl Doby-Copeland and Gretchen Miller, discuss how art therapy can help individuals or families who have experienced trauma express what they’ve been through safely, and tell their stories without needing to talk.

Dadaab Stories: multimedia platform containing stories & films from Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya

Dadaab Stories: multimedia platform containing stories & films from Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya

American Art Therapy Association: Art therapist Catherine Hyland Moon,  examines art therapy through the lenses of social justice, inclusivity, and an understanding of human and group interaction.

UNICEF: Healing through Art, healing process for children affected by war and displacement


American Art Therapy Association: Lynn Kapitan, speaks about cross-cultural projects & strengthening group relationships through her art therapy work with communities in Nicaragua.

Helium Arts: Benefits of Multi-Sensory Play on Participation, Learning, and Development

Arts Care: Promoting Culture and Arts is Good for Health.

IACAT the national registration body for creative arts therapists in Ireland that promotes, regulates and upholds the work of creative arts therapists which include Music Therapy.

“If art is to change the world, then artists must become agents of change.” John Johnston ( ArtEZ University of the Arts)


The British Association for Music Therapy:  Dr Simon Procter who views music as a potent force for social action as well as for the fulfillment of personal potential.