Resources for Artists at Risk

Action Art / Live Art / Performance Art artists critique the power structures and sometimes are targeted.

From Latin America to Asia, Africa, the Mid East, Europe to North America artists are targeted by governments, hate groups, and political organizations. These organizations offer some help for those who need and an opportunity to help for those who want to offer support.

If you know of other safe havens, residencies, and organizations helping artists in danger around the world please let us know.

Organizations helping vulnerable artists:

Artists at Risk

Assisting Artists whose Freedom, and Even Lives, are at Risk

ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a non-profit network institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residencies and curating related projects, including the AR Pavilion .

Artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in great parts of the world. Perpetuum Mobile (PM) initiated Artists at Risk (AR) as a platform and network to support these art practitioners in times of need. This encompasses enabling their safe exit from countries of origin, the procurement of travel documents, providing legal assistance, and matching ARs with “AR-Residencies”. The AR-Network comprises a growing number of local nodes. Since 2013, it has created over 20 AR-Residencies for artists across 17 countries – from Finland, Germany and Spain to Tunisia and the Ivory Coast – offering temporary relocation for artists who face persecution or imprisonment for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The programme has assisted artists from Brazil, Syria, Vietnam, Egypt and Kenya, among many other countries.

Artists at Risk Connection

Freedom of artistic expression is a fundamental human right and an indicator of a healthy and free society. But artistic freedom is under assault: autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity.

The Artist Protection Fund

The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is an initiative of the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The APF makes fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of practice, and places them at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their work and plan for their futures.

Artistic FREEdom Initiative

Led by immigration and human rights attorneys, Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI) facilitates pro bono immigration representation and resettlement assistance for international artists at risk.

Dedicated to safeguarding the right to artistic freedom, AFI was founded on the notion that artists are uniquely situated to positively and powerfully effect change, provided their voices can be heard. As artists are increasingly censored, imprisoned, restricted from moving freely across borders, tortured, or even killed, it is more critical than ever that we safeguard the right to artistic freedom and zealously champion the courageous artists who exercise it. 

Legal Services Resettlement /Residency Artists for Social Change Afgan Artist protection program

Afghan American Artists and Writers Association

Helping with political action, fundraising, and showcasing marginalized voices from Afganistan. Through its forums, AAAWA illuminates a multiplicity of issues ranging from hybrid identities to gender and sexuality to the multigenerational impacts of war, including the ongoing ramifications of U.S. imperialism and capitalism.

  1. Emergency Funds for Afghan Artists, organized by AAAWA:  
  2. International Rescue Committee:
  3. Emergency Help for LGBTQ Afghans in Afghanistan, organized by Qais Munhazim:  
  4. Afghanistan: A call for urgent help, organized by Omar Haidari:
  5. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontiers):

Asia Contemporary Art Forum

Founded in 2001 as Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), Asia Contemporary Art Forum (ACAF) is a dynamic curatorial and educational platform that connects leading New York and Asia-based artists, practitioners, institutions, and audiences to cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, provocative dialogues, and networking opportunities.

Fundraisers for artists and cultural workers in Afganistan

The New School – The New University in Exile Consortium

The Consortium builds upon The New School’s legacy as the original University in Exile. Created in 1933 by The New School’s first President, Alvin Johnson, to provide a safe intellectual home for scholars fleeing the growing threat of Nazism in Europe.

Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility -Endangered Scholars Worldwide


ArtLords was established in 2014. It is a global grassroots movement of artivists motivated by the desire to pave the way for social transformation and behavioral change through employing the soft power of art and culture as a non-intrusive approach.


A European Network of Safe Havens


Artveda (NGO in Tunisia) has since been involved in artistic production, the organization of creative workshops in favor of marginalized groups (children without family support, LGBTQI community, etc.), but also in hosting artists at risk into residency. Artveda is in partnership with Artist At Risk funded by Creative Europe and the Institute of International Education (IIE).


ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe,

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