Artists who speak truth to power need your help. If they’re unlucky enough to live under a repressive regime, they may face harassment, imprisonment or even death - just for creating work that challenges the powerful or pushes the boundaries of the culture they live in.
With the spread of coronavirus and the closure of borders, they’re now unable to reach safety in another country.
That’s why the artists’ advocacy organisation Artists at Risk (AR) has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support artists currently facing this double threat to their safety and freedom.
With your generous support we will be able to provide vital assistance to artists who already face persecution or imprisonment simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and who are now unable to leave their countries and find refuge.
Your help will allow us to get them to safety within their own country or region by enabling us to give them financial assistance to survive and continue their work.
‘Undemocratic regimes are using the crisis to repress dissent, and that includes cracking down on artistic freedom,’ says Ivor Stodolsky, co-founding director of the non-profit Perpetuum Mobile (PM) which runs Artists at Risk (AR). ‘As a result, the dangers faced by artists at risk are currently escalating. Right now, we need to quickly build a rapid-reaction fund for those artists who cannot leave their countries for a place of safety.’
Artists at Risk (AR) has a great track record of helping artists. We’ve created 17 residencies across 14 countries, including Spain, Finland, Germany and Tunisia, offering temporary AR safe haven residencies for artists at risk. Launched in 2013, the programme has assisted artists from Brazil, Syria, Vietnam, Egypt and Kenya, among other countries.
But there is now urgent need for an emergency fund to support artists at a time of increased risk.
‘During the current crisis, some artists are hoping to stay safe behind locked doors. Others are facing eviction from their homes, as they cannot pay the rent due to the impossibility of earning a living during the pandemic. For reasons like this, the Covid-19 crisis doubles artists’ exposure to risk,’ says Marita Muukkonen, co-founding director of Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and Artists at Risk (AR).
Help us reach our target of €10,000 to support artists at risk in urgent need. Thank you for your support from everyone at Artists at Risk (AR)!
Finnish fundraising permission number: RA/2020/407
- John Grzinich
- Nośna Foundation aka AR-Kraków, financed by the City of Kraków
- Elsa Salonen
- Antje Majewski
Fundraising team: Artists at Risk (AR) (5)
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