AR welcomes applications from art-practitioners from all over the world. We will make every effort to find translation for eligible applicants. We are working on providing our web-pages in several languages. Submissions are possible in all major languages. Nevertheless, for reasons of cost and speed, we strongly prefer English.

Please only submit an application if you are at serious risk. Eligible candidates usually face sustained persecution, involuntary displacement, unjust imprisonment, torture or ongoing death threats.

As said, we accept urgent applications at any time. The Public Call is available in


Arabic العَرَبِيَّة

Turkish Türkçe

French Français

Bangla বাংলা

Portuguese Português

      Russian Русский язык

      Belarusian Беларуский

Hindi हिन्दी

Farsi فارسی

AR-Residencies enable practitioners to take a “breather” from their home country, or to use the programme as a “stepping stone” to re-orient their professional lives. We welcome AR-Residents as honoured visiting art professionals, rather than as asylum seekers or refugees. Artists and other art-practitioners at risk of grievous suppression of freedom of expression, persecution or politically motivated threats to their basic freedoms may apply.

Please note that in all cases, whether short or longer-term residencies, AR’s residencies  are temporary. Artists at Risk (AR) should not be regarded as a government-type guaranteed welfare provider.

Please do NOT apply to Artists at Risk (AR) if you are not at risk and are simply looking for an artist-in-residency. In that case, you can find ample normal residency opportunities here, for example.

Application Procedure

Standard level security:
Please note that a Google email accountis necessary because the form uploads attachments to Google Drive. If you do not have one, register here. Also note that you should not request access to the form – it is open:

Click here for the General APPLICATION FORM (not for Afghans)

Click here if you are an applicant from AFGHANISTAN (for Afghans)

Highest level security:
Create a Wire account (see Secure Communications), download the Application Form HERE, and send your completed form with all application materials (preferably as a .zip) to the Wire acccount @artistsatrisk.

Email-level security:
If you cannot use the above form you can download the Application Form HERE, and send your completed form with all application materials (preferably as a .zip) to the respective email address below. (not for Afghans) (for Afghans)
(PGP-encrypted emails can still be received at our old address found here.)

We prefer English, but you may submit your application in all major languages, if necessary. Selected application materials may be translated into English for respective AR-Selection Committee. Translations, however, create costs and time delays. Please submit your application in English if at all possible.

The email artistsatrisk[@] is NOT owned by Artists at Risk (AR). Please report any communication from that address to The owner of the address is using it without our permission.

For secure communications with Artists at Risk (AR), write to or use other channels mentioned above and as described on our Secure Communications page.



AR-Residents are selected on the basis of merit after a series of background checks performed by specialists from the relevant regional and international fields of arts and human rights. References given in the form by the AR-Candidate may be consulted. Short-listed candidates will be selected for a specific AR-Residency by an AR-Selection Committee. Although they can refuse an offer, candidates  cannot be given a choice of specific location for their temporary relocation.

Temporary Relocation Facilities for Selected AR-Residents

AR-Safe Haven Residencies usually include accommodation (and in some cases a studio), and a monthly living grant. Travel, visa and travel-insurance and a limited budget for a production and legal costs are also included. Each residency, however, offers different conditions. Some residencies can support families.

Our Public Call is open at all times, and distributed via all channels. This includes well-known venues in art (such as the contemporary art e-mail lists, such as here and here) as well as multiple other channels, including activist email lists, LGBTQI+ networks, ecological networks, regional, local and specialist human rights listings.


Artists at Risk (AR) is a Perpetuum Mobilεzation

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