Hidden Voices

This book chronicles the development and significance of the ‘Dreamers’ since it was set up in 2002 when youth worker Andrew Lake met Selim, a young Kosovan refugee. Dreamers is a Leicestershire Youth Service project providing support to young asylum seekers and refugees across the county of Leicestershire.

At its core, the publication includes the thoughts and feelings of many young asylum seekers, recorded through conversations by Andrew Lake over the years.     The conversations provide a valuable insight into the human dimension of asylum, well beyond political rhetoric.

Dreamers - Voices Beyond Borders

The book is based on the experiences of members of the Loughborough based Dreamers Group in the UK. The Dreamers were established by youth workers in Loughborough as a means of meeting the needs of unaccompanied young asylum seekers who were arriving in increasing numbers in the locality. 


Where We Live and What we Know is an ongoing project from Charnwood Arts as part of People Making Places. This first phase of the project began to take place in 2017 with the development of a series of drawings focused on a selection of villages in the central part of Charnwood embracing the forest, river valley and wolds. The drawings form part of a series produced by Paul Gent that will be turned into an e-publication and exhibited at a range of locations in the borough. 


The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project Archive provides an online compilation of activities, projects and outputs between 2014 and 2017, realated to the commemoration of World War One across Charnwood.



Charnwood Arts were privileged to host a performance and talk from pioneering street group Jana Natya Manch (Janam) from India at Fearon Hall in Loughborough in 2013.


Jana Natya Manch (People's Theatre Front; Janam for short, meaning "Birth") is a New Delhi-based amateur theatre company specializing in left-wing street theatre in Hindi. It was founded in 1973 by a group of Delhi's radical theatre amateurs, who sought to take theatre to the people. Theatre personality Safdar Hashmi is the best-known figure associated with the troupe. 



Beyond Borders - A Sense of Belonging The images in this book originated as part of an East Midlands regional initiative between a number of arts organisations and academic partners. The initial programme was primarily funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Loughborough University. It culminated in an exhibition at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham.The wooden, painted panels, which are the subject of this book, were also exhibited at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

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