Special Projects

Every year, Salusbury World seeks opportunities to work with specialist organisations to deliver creative projects for young people in our partner schools.

Current/recent collaborations include:

20:20 Stories of Moving Lineage

20:20 - a multimedia arts and heritage project from Salusbury World Refugee Centre - cast a long lens over the personal memories of refugee families who arrived in the UK from 1999 onwards.
The project explored our work from 1999-2019, through the collection and interpretation of oral testimonies and ephemera of 14 'grown up' Salusbury World children to mark our 20th anniversary. 20:20 was co-curated by FotoDocument and students and academics within the Design School at London College of Communication. This project was also supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find out more at salusburyworld.org.uk/2020project

Word Bridges

Word Bridges was a fantastic project delivered by writer Rosemary Harris, funded by the Royal Society of Literature’s 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards.

Word Bridges celebrated creative writing as a bridge between boundaries, offering vital points of connection for young people making challenging journeys. The teenage writers from Capital City Academy, who worked and performed so well together at the BBC Proms in 2018, were joined by more of their peers. Together they created new works which were premiered at an event at The Free Word Centre in June 2019. They shared the stage with Rosemary, and with poet, Tanaka Mhishi.

Rosemary Harris is a writer, performer and director, whose work has been widely published – and the group were lucky enough to have Rosemary write a poem about them and their relationship with language, which she read at the event in June. You can read this poem here.

"The quality of what we have achieved together has only been possible because of the bedrock of Salusbury World’s amazing work."

Rosemary Harris

Brave New Voices

We collaborated with English Pen for three years on the Brave New Voices project, funded by John Lyon’s Charity.

This bought together writers, poets and newly-arrived young refugees and asylum-seekers in a celebration of creativity, translation and multilingualism. Students in Capital City Academy and Newman Catholic College enjoyed a run of workshops with established poets, Simon Mole and Raymond Antrobus. At the end of each year beautiful anthologies were published and launched at a celebratory event at the Free Word Centre.


Run by musicaction.org

This project uses music in the classroom to build understanding towards refugees, and people of all backgrounds.

It is a remarkable programme of music workshops which improve emotional wellbeing and build confidence among refugee pupils and their peers through fun, inclusive music activity. Music facilitators from refugee backgrounds share their stories and music with pupils, and support children to create original music in response.


Run by Scarabeus Aerial Theatre

This project ‘Take Part’ brings together groups of migrant and non-migrant communities to aid communication, improve understanding and challenge negative perceptions around refugee arrivals. Participants also develop physical and creative skills using exciting and inspirational aerial techniques.

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