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ARTISTS at RISK​ (AR) is an institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin and hosting them at “AR-Safe Haven Residencies”. AR​’s founders at PM​ curate related projects.



Our second public call for art practitioners at risk is now open. Art professionals at risk of grievous suppression of freedom of expression, persecution or politically motivated threats to their basic freedoms may apply here:

Rather than as asylum seekers or refugees, we welcome AR-Residents as honoured visiting art professionals. AR-Residencies enables practitioners to take a “breather” from their home country, or to use the programme as a “stepping stone” to re-orient their professional lives.

AR-Residents are selected on the basis of background checks, specialists from the relevant regional and international fields of arts and human rights, AR-Candidate’s references, as well as consultations with the AR-Advisory Committees of prospective hosting AR-Residencies.


ADVISORY BOARD of Artists at Risk (AR)

Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot)

Ramy Essam (Musician, known as the “Singer of Tahrir Square, Cairo”)

Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief,

Helge Lunde (Executive Director, ICORN)

Julie Trebault (Artists at Risk Coalition, PEN America)

​The ​Scope of AR

Artists at Risk (AR) is designed as an institution of worldwide scope. Visual artists will be AR’s primary focus, although other creative intellectuals such as theatre and film practitioner​, or further creative intellectuals that need assistance beyond what can be provided by organisations such as PEN, SafeMUSE or Freemuse, may find placement at AR. Indeed, the musician Ramy Essam, “the singer of Tahrir Square”, was our first AR-Resident. As part of a collective effort with its many partners and networks, including PEN-America (ARCoalition), ICORN (The International Cities of Refuge Network) and new funding opportunities, AR is taking the first steps towards establishing a type of PEN for visual artists at risk.



AR-Safe Haven Helsinki, operating under various titles since 2013, is organised by Artists at Risk (AR)/Pepetuum Mobile (PM) and AR-Residents are hosted in cooperation with HIAP-Helsinki International Artists Programme and/or Villa Eläintarha. It is funded by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office.

AR-Safe Haven Athens received its first AR-Resident in spring 2017, funded by the EU “Re-Build Refuge Europe” project. AR-Athens has developed out of local partnerships, and was part of Athens Biennale 2015-2016.

AR-Safe Haven Berlin was launched in 2017 as part of the same EU project, and is hosted in partnership with SAVVY Contemporary. We are currently hosting further AR Residents in 2018.

AR-Saari Residence/Saastamoinen Foundation. This AR-Residency includes two months at the Saari Residence in western Finland, funded by Kone Foundation, followed by one month in Helsinki funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

AR at Wysing Arts Centre (near Cambridge, England) launched a dedicated 3-month AR-Residency in 2017.

AR at the Nordic Black Theatre (Oslo) is hosted by one of the Nordic Region’s oldest transcultural performing arts institutions.

AR-Provence a.k.a. the resistance residency (Provence, France) commemorates the underground resistance fighter Lisa Fittko (guide to Walter Benjamin) and resistance worldwide.

AR-Residency at Unicorn, Artists in Solidarity, Malmö will be launched in 2018 as part of the “Immigré Artists (IA) and Artists at Risk (AR)” Nordic network.


Further residencies are in the process of joining this growing network.



The European Parliament honoured Perpetuum Mobile with the CIVI EUROPAEO PRAEMIUM (the European Citizen’s Prize) for AR, and Safe Haven Helsinki won the Annual Art Act Award in 2016.


Artists at Risk (AR) is a Perpetuum Mobilεzation

Perpetuum Mobilε (PM) is a curatorial platform which brings together art, engaged practice and enquiry. PM’s longer-term thematic platforms include the Re-Aligned Project, the Perpetual Pavilion, the Perestroika Project, The Arts Assembly, Artists at Risk, Sino-Fi and Mobile Talks.


Co-Founding Directors:

Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order)

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