Legacy: Transient Sanctuaries
Two experimental temporary pavilions were created on the South Bank in June 2013 as a space of sanctuary inspired by nature, called the "Embassy for Refugees" specifically for the Celebrating Sanctuary London festival. By giving the sculptural structures a continued legacy as “Transient Sanctuaries”, they will continue to create unexpected moments of beauty, reflection and intrigue in the public realm.
The sculptural structures have embarked on a journey through a variety of festivals, urban parks and city squares, exploring wide interpretations of the word “sanctuary” in different contexts. The mobile pavilions are adapted, transformed and reconfigured to form new surprising spaces to explore, embracing collaboration, community and creativity. Nomadically migrating between temporary homes, the “Transient Sanctuaries” creatively investigates the idea of “refuge”, activating spaces and providing an opportunity for social interaction as well as moments of contemplation.
THE EMBASSY FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
18th-20th October, Bloomsbury Festival, Russell Square, London
13th-15th September, By the River event, Stratford, London
15-18th August, Green Man Festival, Black Mountains, Wales
Eventually the pavilions will become creatively adapted to form a permanant structure with a community focus and use.
NOTE: The Embassy for Refugees, as a conceptual and theoretical idea will continue to be developed separately, having grown through a series of stages since 2010. In Autumn 2013 The Embassy for Refugees project and it's history will form a key case study for the Learning Lab at Counterpoints Arts, run in partnership with the British Council.