We are proud to be working in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation, with support from the Barbican, to host Papers; a one-day festival celebrating the creative response to the refugee crisis.

We are uniting refugee and volunteer artists, musicians, poets, chefs and builders in a day that celebrates something that has been so apparent to us throughout this crisis: that there is beauty, expression, creativity, hope and love in everything.

We will highlight a huge variety of contributions within the unique and beautiful backdrop of the Barbican Conservatory.



A mix of short presentations and panel discussions with some of the world’s leading thinkers on refugee camps and migration. Panels will examine the built responses which have emerged from camps in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos and the Middle East, culminating in an open plenary discussion with all participants.


Music, film and discussion. This stage will incorporate a mix of live and recorded music with short films made about and by those at the epicentre of the crisis.


The Barbican’s vast glass house will host a wide variety of art pieces and installations. It will become a gallery of the rich mix of strange and powerful art which has come from or been made in response to refugee camps. At the heart will be the Blue House by artist and refugee Alpha – a home, art school and gallery rescued from the Jungle in Calais and rebuilt for the first time in the UK, specially for Papers.


Hanging above the tropical plants of the jungle-like conservatory is the terrace, a platform which will play host to a mix of built prototype demonstrations, makers and food. The Kent Refugee Action Catering will be running a micro restaurant showing their work with asylum-seeking boys in Folkestone.

Line up to be announced.

Papers is curated by Robert Mull with The Worldwide Tribe, Phineas Harper, Daniela Puga, Grainne Hassett, Jake Raslan, Jayden Ali, Esme Mull and Cindy Palmano.


Papers is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016