Artistic expression is under pressure from multiple sources – be it from the state, media and social media, special interest groups.

We have extensive experience of analysing, understanding and tackling the attack on artists and arts institutions.

Our skills cross a variety of disciplines, and we are very happy to work individually and with other members of our team, to provide support, information, and training.

We take a creative, dynamic and personal approach to keep the space for expression open to multiple and diverse voices.

Please see below for some of the services we offer:

STRATEGY

  • consult for art organisations (theatres, galleries, museums, etc.) on handling controversy
  • consult on resources available to artists or art institutions facing threats
  • advise on or direct to sources of support for artists, curators, and art at risk

CREATE AND/OR DELIVER TRAINING ON

  • protection of artistic freedom for cultural centers, national institutions, human rights organizations etc
  • understanding and countering censorship and self-censorship
  • understanding international legal instruments (UN, UNESCO etc)
  • understanding the role of legal and policy frameworks for artistic freedom
  • Preparing for and handling controversy

CONNECTING AND MAPPING

  • connect through our international network with peers across borders for advice and local knowledge
  • support existing and emerging national, regional & international monitoring bodies on artistic freedom

RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND REPORTING

  • research and write reports/studies/features on specific cases, trends, social, legal, political pressures on artistic freedom
  • evaluate programmes dedicated to artists’ protection (hosting and others)

WORKING WITH LEGAL FRAMEWORKS

  • understand/navigate international legal instruments (UN, UNESCO etc)
  • define strategies and orientation to work with the UN, EU & other regional  and international mechanisms (OSCE, OAS, African Union etc)
  • draft country reports / individual cases on artistic freedom within rights framework
  • working with domestic legislation that impacts on artistic freedom

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND EVENTS

  • available to speak at and chair convenings, and help to identify speakers on issues of artistic freedom and related topics
  • assist in organising national, regional or international events, workshops and symposia related to artistic freedom.