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“Karen Harrison from Artbeat…  amazingly creative in their approach to supporting young unaccompanied asylum seekers. They managed to bring out the creative side of those who attended and were very sensitive towards the needs and journeys of these young people. Good luck with your future projects” 


Ruzina Begum

Project Coordinator- Surviving to Thriving

Red Cross

“Light Project Peterborough opened the Garden House day time for facility for those sleeping rough in Peterborough in October of 2018. As part of this amazing venture we were keen to realise the amazing potential of those we support. It is evident that the medium of art and creativity can make a real difference to people both in a therapeutic and practical manner. We were so excited to gain support from Karen Harrison of Artbeat and it has been a real pleasure to work with her right from when we opened. Karen has become a real part of the Garden House ‘family’ and is much loved and valued by staff, volunteers and guests alike. The recent exhibition, a culmination of much hard work by all, really showed passion and talent all round. I can say with confidence that through the work, love and support undertaken lives have been changed for the better. We look forward to continue working with Art Beat Therapy.”


Steven Pettican


Light Project Peterborough

“Karen Harrison from Artbeat, thank you very much for the fantastic assortment of materials you brought for us to use. Thank you for accommodating all ages and levels of artwork talent. It was good whether you were a child or an adult. Thank you for not being invasive but being helpful when needed. It was a nice atmosphere and we felt comfortable asking if we needed help. We all felt able to talk if and when we wanted to. Thank you for helping us to display the artwork and for making it look so professional.”


Julie Kelham

Befriender Coordinator


“I was able to be part of an art session at Parca (Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association) run for Refugee families run by Karen Harrison from Artbeat Therapy.  Two of the Syrian families I work with were there  -  mums and children  - who very much enjoyed the session. Karen provided lovely, varied materials and simple ideas for creative work. Both adults and children found something to be engrossed in. The conversations were open and unforced and everyone seemed very relaxed.  The next day I went to their Peterborough Open Studios exhibition and there were some of the works  -  beautifully mounted and presented  (with the artists’ permission of course) and looking great.”


Lynne Booker

Psychological Therapist, Refugee Council