Passagens: The Artist as Agitator in an Age of Migration and Dis/Placement

colourful paper boats in focus the foreground, an groupd of people out of focus in the bakcground

06 Mar 2018

5.30pm to 6.45pm

Photo credit: Bern O’Donoghue 'Dead Reckoning'

This event is open to all UAL Postgraduate students, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in this field.

Passagens: The Artist as Agitator in an Age of Migration and Dis/Placement

Hear from Counterpoint Art's Co- Director, Áine O'Brien, about the role of artists in a global age of migration and displacement. Áine will speak from her extensive experience of producing creative work (including documentary film, print, exhibitions and curation) which explores storylines linking migration with social justice. She will share more about the work of Counterpoint Arts, a leading national organisation working in the field of arts, migration and social change. 

This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

To book your place, email with the following information:

  • Your name, course and college (if applicable)
  • If you are a current student / alumni / staff
More about Counterpoint Arts: A leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and social change whose mission is to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture. Central to their mission is our belief in the ability of the arts to inspire social change and enhance inclusion & cultural integration of refugees & migrants.

Counterpoint Arts works across all art forms and collaborate with a range of people and partners: artists, arts/cultural and educational organizations and civil society activists and is based in Hoxton, London.

More about Passagens:
With the aim of interrogating dialogues about migration as a cross-disciplinary subject, the Passagens series of Reading Groups  offers a broad historical context and insight led by artists and curators whose work evolve around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment.

Passagens takes its meaning from the linguistic variables of the Portuguese ‘passagem’, which implies a number of different journeys: from one period in life to another, from one country, language culture and conviction to another, from being home to being a foreigner, from student to professional, child to teenager to adult, but also from one geological epoch to another, and allows for diverse perspectives to interweave.

This event is the second in the 20017/18 series of events, organised by Lucy Orta, Professor of Art and the Environment and member of Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), in collaboration with CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra, and is supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.

See the Postgraduate Community Blog for more information: