Arts and cultural activities

At Scottish Refugee Council we work for better integration and understanding between communities. One of the ways we do this is by engaging people in our exciting year-round programme of arts and cultural activities.

Share My Table

Our most recent art project has ended, but if you have missed it you can still get a flavour by clicking here to watch Share My Table videos.

Share My Table was a live performance and visual art created by a diverse group of people from the refugee community in Glasgow.

Refugee Festival Scotland 

Festival dates are announced, Friday 15 – Sunday 24 June 2018

Co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sport events that brings refugee and local communities together and celebrates the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland and the welcome offered by local people. 

Anyone can get involved by organising an event or activity and show solidarity with refugees. We encourage all kinds of activities - performances, films, club nights, discussions, gigs, exhibitions, workshops, food fayres, themed walks, sports days, quizzes, campaigns and more.

Read about some of the highlights of last year's festival

Screen one of our films 

Films available:

  • Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now documentary (20mins, 2016). Directed by Lou McLoughlan and commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council. Watch the trailer.
  • Transit Zone documentary (30mins, 2015), Directed by Frederik Subei and supported by Scottish Refugee Council and the National Union for Journalists. Watch the trailer.
  • One Place to Another (4.49mins, 2016), a moving short film created by 6 Eritrean refugees living in Glasgow for Holocaust Memorial Day. Watch.
  • A View from Here documentary (27 mins), 2014, Directed by Basharat Khan and commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council). Watch trailer.
  • Welcome (1.5 mins), 2014, Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council, Produced by Media Co-op. Watch. 
  • Destitution (2 mins), Directed by Chris Leslie. Watch.
  • Courage: 60 Years of the Refugee Convention (2 mins), 2014, Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council, Produced by Media Co-op). Watch. 

Host one of our exhibitions

Exhibitions available:

  • Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now exhibition of archive and contemporary materials, photographs, objects and visual art work discovering the experiences of refugees then and now. 
  • Transit Zone exhibition of photographs of life in the refugee camp in Calais by Iman Tajik.
  • A View from Here exhibition of archive and contemporary photos, visual art works, objects and newspaper cuttings documenting the high-rise flats in Knightswood and the Gorbals.
  • Our Glasgow exhibition of beautiful and insightful photographs of Glasgow’s culture and heritage taken by newly arrived separated children from The Scottish Guardianship Service.
  • Lost Life, a series of photo portraits of Iranian refugees now living in Glasgow by Iman Tajik.
  • Iranian Ancient, seven batik textile works fusing the artist’s Iranian and Scottish heritage by Paria Goodarzi.   

Art for all year

Scottish Refugee Council is committed to delivering arts programmes throughout the year. If you have an idea for a project, workshop or event or want to suggest something you would like to participate in, please email