Sanctuary in History and Human Rights

16th June

Bernie Spain Gardens on the Southbank

2.00 – 2.45

Free event. As spaces are limited please register your attendance via
Sanctuary in History and Human Rights is the first panel discussion, which will open the Embassy for Refugees programme at Celebrating Sanctuary London 2013.The discussion will aim to explore the evolution of the concept of sanctuary for those escaping persecution, linking it to both the emergence of UNHCR and to the playful approach behind The Embassy for Refugees commission.

The panel members will include: Tim Finch, Chair (author and Director of Communication at IPPR), Professor Panikos Panayi (academic and writer), Roland Schilling (UNHCR representative to London – tbc) and Natasha Reid (artist – creator of the Embassy for Refugees).

The Embassy for Refugees is a site-specific commission which weaves together art practice, architecture, design, human rights advocacy and participatory methods to create a deliberate re-construction of the ‘typology’ of the Embassy building. In creating an organic hybrid, Reid questions and extends the application of ‘diplomacy’ in relation to the global realities of refugees together with humanitarian and legal principles associated with concepts of sanctuary.

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