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Art at Risk – Conference
Feb. 27th to 29th 2020

Bringing together practicing artists from all around the world and representatives of organisations that are active in international cooperation (in the fields of culture, development cooperation, peace-building, humanitarian aid, or diplom­acy), it offers a forum for practitioners that are – in different positions – concerned with socially engaged art, art in challenging contexts, or art and conflict transformation.

The program is based on workshops and discussion groups and focuses on 3 themes:

  • Risks for artists: Prosecution, threats, and violence against individuals who express themselves artistically, and actions against institutions who host or support artists.
  • Risk for art: Instrumentalisation of art, restrictions of artistic freedom, silencing artistic expression, censorship.
  • Art and creativity as a resource in challenging contexts: Contribution of art to a strengthening of the civil society and democracy, to countering fundamentalism, contribution of art to peaceful conflict resolution or towards addressing conflicts related to climate change.


Jour Fixe
Wednesday, 19. February 2020, 17:15

Lindenbachstrasse 21, 8006 Zurich

artasfoundation invites you every 3rd Wednesday of the month to its regular meeting Four Fixe in order to discuss ongoing projects as well as answer questions raised by the work or relevant political developments.

No registration necessary! If you wish to be informed each month about the agenda, please sign up on our email distribution list here.



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From the current Newsletter

Dear friends of artasfoundation

What an autumn! In the Caucasus region, artasfoundation has been realising four projects simultaneously, two new project managers have joined us, while there is another turnover of staff in the office. Božena Čivić, who has taken care of our administration over the past two years with prudence and a keen sense of cultural differences, is handing her tasks over to Sandra Suter. Thanks to her previous work, running the office of the dramaturgy department at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, Sandra is perfectly suited for a dynamic cultural institution. We look forward to working with her. We thank Božena Čivić for her great commitment!

I also joined the artasfoundation team myself at the beginning of September. My first trip took me to Tsklatubo, where I accompanied the director Ron Rosenberg as a dramaturge. Back in Zurich, I want to focus on fundraising, which seems to be a terrible burden for many artists, but for me it is actually a passion. The people I talk to are smart, cosmopolitan and responsible. Through skill, ability and luck, they have more than enough and to spare. With their wealth they want to do something meaningful and support others who are less fortunate and who have fewer opportunities. I have inspiring conversations with them about the challenges of today’s world, which can only be mastered through joint commitment. For me, fundraising is not a laborious ‘begging tour’ but a work of a cultural, political, philosophical and humanitarian persuasion. Every Swiss Franc invested in a cultural project by artasfoundation is a meaningful investment. It is the thriving of the central values of culture, such as solidarity, empathy, tolerance and beauty, which decides whether the world will be worth living in for future generations.

Barbara Ellenberger and the artasfoundation team,
Dagmar Reichert, Božena Čivić, Anna Fatyanova, Sandra Frimmel, Olivia Jaques, Evan Ruetsch, Sandra Suter

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