Artists at Risk – A European Network of Safe Havens (AR-ENSH)

Residencies for politically persecuted artists

Artist Barış Seyitvan sits inside a white circle painted on the floor in a Sudanese village.

ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a network-institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. As a platform dedicated to persecuted art practitioners, the work of AR encompasses mapping and advocacy of arts professionals at risk, addressing their practical needs and advancing their artistic practice. To achieve this, carefully selected AR-Residents are granted short or longer-term temporary relocations at Artists at Risk (AR) Safe Haven Residencies. AR-Residents are invited as honoured visiting arts professionals. These are art practitioners who not only greatly enrich their host countries, but are at the heart of rebuilding their often conflict-torn countries of origin.

AR is designed as an institution of global scope. Expanding from its established residency programmes in Europe, it is welcoming new partners around the world. To date, it has developed AR-Safe Haven Residencies in 20 locations in 16 countries. AR was the first dedicated human-rights related artist-in-residency institution of its kind dedicated to the visual arts. Nevertheless, from its inception it has accepted candidates from other fields including film, theatre, dance and music. As an international network of artists-in-residencies for at-risk artists that includes close curatorial support, AR remains unique. 

Risk and Rebellion
AR-Alumni Angela Aldebs performing at the #RiskandRebellion Symposium and AR-ENSH Kick-off, January 2021

Artists at Risk (AR) has received numerous international awards and distinctions for its work, including a mention in the Substance 100 list (2020), the Thematic State Prize of Finland (2017) and the Civi Europaeo Praemium (»European Citizen’s Prize«) (2016). In coordination with its many partners, friends and colleagues, AR acts as a global advocate for art practitioners at risk. 

AR-Safe Haven ZKM | Karlsruhe hosted its first resident in 2019 in cooperation with AR-Berlin, with funding from the Martin Roth Initiative (ifa and Goethe Institute). Soon after, ZKM became a key partner of »Artists at Risk – A European Network of Safe Havens« (AR-ENSH) which was officially launched in January 2021 at AR’s live-streamed #RiskandRebellion Symposium. This three-year Creative Europe funded network of the European Union will support residencies for at-risk artists at ZKM and other AR-ENSH partner institutions, AR-Safe Haven HelsinkiCCCB-Centre de Cultura Contemporània de BarcelonaStalker (Rome), and Art Veda (Tunis). 

Artists at Risk (AR) accepts urgent applications at all times from around the world. The Public Call for artists at risk is available in eleven languages and can be found on the Apply page of the website of AR, where you can also find the online application form.

Risk and Rebelion
AR-Resident Saddam Jumaily performing a live-drawing exercise at the #RiskandRebellion Symposium and AR-ENSH Kick-off, January 2021

Cooperation partner

AR-Safe Haven ZKM | Karlsruhe is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.