Artists take refuge

Two years ago, Artistic Director Caryne Chapman Clark had a dream to start a theatrical organisation for refugee artists in London. The result, 'Artists in Exile', is a cross-art form organisation moving forward faster than she can keep up. But Clark says that was all part of the plan.
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Two years ago, Artistic Director Caryne Chapman Clark had a dream to start a theatrical organisation for refugee artists in London. Her initial search to find actors who had fled their countries drew a number of blanks before she stumbled upon a Refugee Artists Exchange Day. The arts organisation she has founded as a result, Artists in Exile (AiE), has developed so fast it’s now moving towards artists’ self government which, she says, was the initial goal.

‘As soon as I moved to London I had a notion what I really wanted to do was to start up a professional theatre company that was made largely of unprofessional exile actors,’ Clark recalls.

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Michelle Draper
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Michelle lived and worked in Rome and London as a freelance feature writer for two and a half years before returning to Australia to take up the position of Head Writer for Arts Hub UK. She was inspired by thousands of years of history and art in Rome, and by London's pubs. Michelle holds a BA in Journalism from RMIT University, and also writes for Arts Hub Australia.
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