How art intervenes in an emergency

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An artistic inquiry into disaster preparedness is in its last days and David Pledger thinks it has much to tell us about how emergency services can benefit from the involvement of artists.

1,760 days ago, the first annual edition of Arts House’s Refuge was delivered into the public domain; its final edition concludes this month on 16 May. A consequence of a decade of work by then-Artistic Director at Arts House, Angharad Wynne-Jones, Tipping Point Australia and the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the passage of time is integral to its story.

David Pledger

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