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Norwich Arts Stream was established in 2018 by Emma Skeet from The Friend Ship. The Arts Stream is managed by a steering group made up of local artists and representatives from organisations and groups including The Common Lot, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Theatre, The Norfolk Library Services, UEA and The Friend Ship.
All members share a passionate belief that art has the power to inspire positive social change, and play a key role in creating a culture of welcome.
The group members meet every two months at Franks Bar in Norwich. If you would find out more about the Arts Stream and how to get involved please email Madi Dutton, the Arts Stream lead.

Arts Auction

The Arts Stream were due to run their first collaborative event in March 2020, but due to the current situation, the scheduled Arts Auction event will now take place online on 19th March 2021.

Join us for the first-ever Norwich City of Sanctuary Arts Stream online (Zoom) auction!

It will be an evening of frenetic bidding and fabulous entertainment! Over 60 lots donated by local artists to raise money to support local refugees and asylum seekers. Artists include Colin Self, Antony Gormley, Ileana Hunter, Andy Jarrett and many more! Your auctioneer for the evening is the one and only Mr Simon Floyd.

Why is it more important than ever to support these incredible groups?

Sanctuary seekers have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the lock-down. New Routes, English +, Bridge Plus, Norwich International Youth Project and all those involved in the Norwich City of Sanctuary network and beyond, have worked around the clock to ensure that provisions are in place and that support systems are adjusted to enable sanctuary seekers to access essential support.

This support comes at an additional cost and they now need help from the community to ensure these services can continue to be offered. Can you help us to reach our £3k target by joining us at our online auction and purchasing a wonderful piece of unique artwork?

We are also welcoming donations from those who can’t attend the auction, to find out more, please visit:

Once you have booked your ticket we will be in touch with the artwork catalogue, your link to the Zoom auction and further details on how the auction will be run on the night!
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