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.

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.

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

Spanish Español

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 do NOT apply to Artists at Risk (AR) if you are not at risk and are simply looking for an artist-in-residency.

AR-Safe Haven Residencies usually include an apartment or studio, a monthly living grant, travel, visa and insurance costs and a limited budget for a production and legal costs. Each residency, however, offers different conditions. Some residencies can support families.

Application Procedure

Standard level security:
(PLEASE NOTE that a Google-Email account IS NECESSARY, because the form uploads attachments to GoogleDrive. If you do not have one, register here):

Please complete and submit the form found HERE.

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 prefer to use email, you can download the Application Form HERE, and send your completed form with all application materials (preferably as a .zip) to PGP-encryption is available for this account (see Secure Communications for how to use this).

You can submit your application in all major languages, although we prefer English. All applications will be translated in English for the Jury. Translation creates costs and time delays. Please submit your application in English if at all possible.


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.

International Advisory Board

Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot)
Helge Lunde (Executive Director, ICORN)
Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief,
Ehsan Fardjadniya (Artist and Activist)

Artists at Risk (AR) is a Perpetuum Mobilεzation

Co-Founding Directors: Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order)
Secure chat: Wire or Signal.
Email: (PGP-encryption available)

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