32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust - Kampala
Al Ma'mal - Jerusalem
Ashkal Alwan - Beirut Lebanon
Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons - Utrecht The Netherlands
Cooperativa Cráter Invertido CDMX México
Darb 1718 - Cairo Egypt
DOEN Foundation - Amsterdam The Netherlands
Doual'art - Douala, Cameroon
Fundación Casa tres Patios - Medellín Colombia
KËR THIOSSANE - Dakar Senegal
Kiosko Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia
KUNCI Study Forum & Collective - Yogyakarta Indonesia
Lugar a dudas - Cali Colombia
Más Arte Más Acción - Choco Colombia
Nubuke Foundation - Accra and Wa, Ghana
Plateforme CSA - Bamako Mali
Platohedro - Medellín Colombia
Raw Material Company - Dakar Senegal
RIWAQ- Centre for Architectural Conservation - Ramallah Palestine
ruangrupa - Jakarta Indonesia
Teor/ética San José - Costa Rica
Theater 705 - Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
Theertha - Athurugiriya Sri Lanka
Visual Arts Network of South Africa - Johannesburg South Africa
WAZA - Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo
32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust
32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is an independent non-profit organisation, focused on the creation and exploration of contemporary art in Uganda. Our multi-purpose resource centre is based in the capital city Kampala and includes studios, accommodation for artists in residence, a contemporary art library, computers & editing suites, meeting areas and outdoor workshop space.
Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art (Al Ma’mal), is a non-profit organisation based in a former Tile Factory in New Gate, inside the Old City of Jerusalem, and serves its surrounding community, their guests and the city’s visitors through a programme of exhibitions, live music and workshops. Since 1998, Al Ma’mal has been a hub for art, cultural vibrancy and learning while building bridges with the world and honouring Jerusalem’s own enduring qualities as a complex, culturally rich, ageless city.
The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Since 1993, it has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. Our mission is to create networks of exchange between artistic and cultural practitioners and institutions, build an archival record of artistic and intellectual endeavors in Lebanon and the region, support emerging and established artists by providing the necessary resources for the development of ideas and work, rethink art education, as well as provide support for independent initiatives working in and around the civic and political realms.
Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons
Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons envisions better ways of living together through practicing art and the commons. Through co-exploration and study with collective art projects as well as organizational experiments, our projects grow from critical questions and radical imagination – forming community and together generating art and knowledge as common resources.
Cooperativa Cráter Iinvertido
COOPERATIVA CRATER INVERTIDO (Mexico) is a space of articulations between artistic practices and collective processes to create common imaginaries. We self manage a multidisciplinary house-workshop in Mexico City, inhabited by a risograph printing press and an experimental radio, among other tools for dialogue, encounters and self-publishing. The coop is also nourished by a variety of decentralised processes related to care and defence of territories, biodiversity, shared learning and commonality/ies. Among others, Crater Invertido has participated in the Conundrum of imagination (Vienna 2017), Gwangju Biennale (2016), Sonsbeek ’16 (The Netherlands 2016), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and the Jakarta Biennale (2015).
In the midst of historic Old Cairo emerges a beating heart for contemporary art and culture in Egypt. Darb 1718 is an Egyptian non-profit organization founded in 2008. Its facilities include a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that host different art mediums and cultural events.
Darb 1718 houses two art exhibition spaces, theater, dance and concert stages, outdoor cinema for independent film screenings, gardens and rooftops in addition to an artist residency to accommodate international artists and curators. The center provides workshops, programs and initiatives to educate and mentor emerging artists and offers them a space to exhibit their work alongside established artists. It is a hub connecting Egyptian artists from several walks of life with the local and international art and culture scene. Darb 1718 is an art center and gathering point for all art events in Egypt. A wide stage for Cairo’s Contemporary Art Scene.
DOEN Foundation supports pioneers who work hard to establish a greener, more socially-inclusive, and more creative society. We support initiatives that focus on one of these three themes. We believe strongly in the power of imagination and supports art and culture initiatives in the Netherlands and abroad. Art and culture excite the imagination. They incite wonder, confrontation and connection and question seemingly undisputed truths. Artists are the engine of change, challenging people’s imagination to think beyond the existing order. In doing so, they reveal new perspectives. DOEN is part of the Arts Collaboratory network and contributes to it through its funding, its network and its knowledge.
doual’art is a contemporary art center based in Douala since 1991. As a research laboratory on the relationship between art and the city, it wants to push the boundaries of contemporary art. Its ambitions is to give a soul to a changing southern city, to reveal its emerging identities, to give a forum for public speech on specific issues as well as change the gaze on the aesthetics of its environment and, by the end, create an audience carefulness of contemporary art. To do this, doual’art exhibits and invites cameroonian and international artists, both in “Espace doual’art”, the white cube gallery space and outside innthe public areas, where these creative people (visual artists, designers, architects,…) are invited to dialogue with urban practices. Since 2007, doual’art organizes the Trienal SUD-Salon Urbain de Douala, a public art festival whose purpose is to go and meet the inhabitants and enrich the city’s contemporary heritage.
Fundación Casa Tres Patios
Casa Tres Patios (C3P) is a non-profit foundation and center for contemporary thought that promotes social justice through research, pedagogy and artistic practice. Since 2007, by developing a transdisciplinary approach, C3P combines artistic practices, critical pedagogy and the social sciences to support the community in areas such as citizenship, human rights, gender, social reintegration, peacebuilding and organizational development.
A cultural and social laboratory founded on artistic experimentation, open culture, and shared knowledge, in Dakar, Senegal
Kër Thiossane is a venue for research, residence, creation and training dedicated to social and artistic innovation. It encourages the integration of multimedia in traditional artistic and creative practices, and seeks to support the mixing of disciplines. With it’s fablab and the Garden Jardin Jet d’Eau, Kër Thiossane,as a multimedia and cultural space for artistic and citizenship imagination, focuses its activities on research into art and new technologies and what they imply in our societies. Kër Thiossane seeks to link the development of artistic digital practices to other domains of society; education and training, creative industries, citizenship, ecology, city development…
Through the activities it offers, Kër Thiossane brings new technologies within reach of as many people as possible as tools for expression and creation but also as tools for access to culture and knowledge. Since 2008, Kër Thiossane organized 8 editions of Afropixel Festival which invites international actors of digital art to exchange with local actors and federate to collectively contribute to a better perception and dissemination of digital arts in Africa. Through this initiative, it also allows the public and Senegalese artists to be in tune with the changes related to the development of ICT and the questions or modes of expression that result, while preserving their identities.
Kiosko Gallery is an independent alternative art space, created in 2006 managed by artists in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Directed by artist Rachel Schwartz, Kiosko is a platform to create, promote and foster contemporary art in the region and the world.
KUNCI Study Forum & Collective
KUNCI experiments with methods in producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together at the intersections between affective, manual and intellectual labor. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been continuously transforming its structure, ways and medium of working. Initially formed as a cultural studies study group, at present KUNCI’s practices emphasize on collectivizing study, by way of making-space, discussion, library, research, publishing, press and school-organizing. KUNCI traverses and connects institutional, disciplinary and local boundaries. KUNCI’S membership is based on friendship and informality, as well as self-organized and collaborative principles.
Lugar a dudas
As its name suggests, lugar a dudas (a place for doubts) is a space dedicated to the reflection and critical thinking about artistic practices and the intricate world in which we currently live. It is a space that advocates to promote discussion, trial and error as a laboratory committed to stimulate knowledge, facilitate the development of creative processes and, encourage the community to interact through the artistic practices. Its areas include a documentation center, exhibition spaces, residency program and an educational program. The way of being and doing respond to the use of the space by visitors. More than develop specific activities, lugar a dudas propose the daily use of the different spaces of the house as meeting points to chat, debate or just to be.
Más Arte Más Acción
Más Arte Más Acción is a foundation for cultural exchange and dialogue that contributes to artistic practice and critical thinking in Colombia and beyond. Its base in Nuquí, Chocó, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, is a source of inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and others. Declared as a natural reserve, it serves as a platform for interdisciplinary cultural residencies as well as a monitoring plot for environmental research. MAMA´s interests include alternative knowledge, biodiversity and coexisting as a sustainability practice.
Nubuke Foundation is a private visual art and cultural institution based in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2006, it serves as a nexus for arts and culture across the country whilst supporting the artistic practice of Ghanaians: young, mid-career and experienced. Programming includes exhibitions, art talks, seminars, workshops and spaces for drama, poetry, music and film collaborations. Nubuke Foundation is a member of the Arts Collaboratory Network.
Vision Depuis sa création en 1999, notre ONG défend la culture comme lieu de rencontre et considère la diversité culturelle comme une source de tolérance et de rapprochement entre les peuples. Toujours dans le respect de l’impartialité politique et religieuse et selon les principes de non-discrimination et de transparence. Cette vision est partagée aujourd’hui par les plus hautes instances multilatérales telles que les Nations Unies et l’Union européenne Missions Notre mission et de contribuer et offrir aux jeunes artistes des opportunités pour renforcer leurs connaissances et leurs aptitudes créatives. En outre, il les permet de se libérer de toutes contraintes sociales et traditionnelles afin d’assurer leur propre développement artistique et social sur un plan national et international. Ainsi, le Centre fait des arts visuels, un vecteur de cohésion sociale, de développement économique et une expression dont le langage est compris par tout le monde. Ses principaux objectifs sont :
• Contribuer à un système de gouvernance durable de la culture qui favorise la diversité des expressions culturelles en ciblant des changements structurels.
• Contribuer à un échange plus équilibré de biens et services culturels Nord-Sud et Sud-Sud, et promouvoir une plus grande mobilité internationale des artistes et des professionnels de la culture ouest-africains.
• Contribuer davantage au développement et démontrer aux autorités compétentes, la valeur et les opportunités qu’offrent les industries culturelles et créatives pour le développement durable.
• Contribuer à réduire les inégalités entre les hommes et les femmes dans le secteur culturel. Nos principales activités sont : Ateliers d’échanges et de création, expositions, symposium, séminaire sur le développement de l’art, Festival, Caravane artistiques, débats, formations des jeunes au techniques d’arts visuels, création d’espaces de dialogues interculturels, sensibilisation, soutenir et promouvoir la visibilité des jeunes artistes.
Platohedro is a non-profit organization that functions as a collaborative creative platform based in Medellín, Colombia. Since 2004 we have been dedicated to artistic creation and experimentation, to continuous research on free culture and self-learning. Through practice and advocacy of a common well-being for all based on the indiginous philosophy of Good Living and Good Knowing.
We have been working in the city of Medellín for more than fifteen years, intervening in important social processes, such as the defense for Human Rights and the liberation of knowledge, through workshops, public interventions and networking; training children, youth and adults in the production of audiovisual content, the appropriation of technology and communication.
We offer continuous support to the life projects of children, adolescents and youth, in efforts to try to disassociate them from the dynamics of generalized violence, establishing a close link with the community. Our trajectory in this work is recognized in the artistic, educational and cultural sectors at a local, regional, national and international level.
Raw Material Company
RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is a center for art, knowledge and society. It is an initiative involved with curatorial practice, artistic education, residencies, knowledge production, and archiving of theory and criticism on art. It works to foster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa. The programme is trans-disciplinary and is equally informed by literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine and diaspora.
RIWAQ- Centre for Architectural Conservation
RIWAQ is a leading non-governmental organization in the field of cultural heritage protection and development: its projects and activities are multidisciplinary focusing on bringing life back to historic buildings and centres in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since its establishment in 1991, RIWAQ has restored more than 130 historic buildings into communal spaces in more than 80 different villages and towns in the West Bank and Gaza. Also, the 50-village project has enabled RIWAQ to broaden its scope of work towards rehabilitating entire historic centres through rehabilitation projects targeting improvement of services, infrastructure, and living conditions of communities and their surrounding spaces. Since 2005, RIWAQ has intervened in 20 villages and towns out of the 50.
ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective. Formed in 2000, the group have evolved and growth as a respond to the society and urban context in Jakarta. We work collaboratively and multi-disciplinary with young artists, students, researchers, architects, writers, curators, musicians, managers, traders, and as well our neighbours. Since then, our collaborators, friends, and our audiences become our member constantly to develop many projects in different context at local and international events.
Located in San José, Costa Rica,TEOR/éTica is a private, non-profit, independent project, dedicated to the research and diffusion of contemporary artistic practices. Both its name and its reason for being imply theory, ethics and aesthetics. Throughout more than two decades of work, TEOR/éTica has consolidated itself as one of the most dynamic and purposeful cultural projects in the region, recognized internationally for promoting the development of the arts and fostering new ways of thinking and thinking itself critically. This project operates as a platform for research and dissemination of contemporary artistic practices, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. Since its foundation, a wide group of agents has participated in the construction of TEOR/éTica, permeating it with their particular interests and practices, thus generating a dynamic organization, interested in looking at and questioning the place from where it operates.TEOR/éTica aims to create spaces for doubt, debate and the generation of thought relevant to the region. For this, several strategies have been developed, considering art as a common space from where to generate study and seek other ways of being together to learn and build collectively. We work on different lines of action that intersect and complement each other to provide conversation spaces –symbolic and physical– about contemporary artistic practices, in dialogue with social and political global realities.
Theater 705 is an independent space for theatral experimentation. It is a platform for interaction between contemporary artists and people from the theater, as well as theater lovers. Theater 705 goes beyond a specific team, and is intended for long and meticulous work together. In the joint development of performances/plays it becomes possible to synthesize the experiences and disciplines previously separated in our local context – visual art, theater of artists and repertoire theater.
Theertha is an autonomous, artist-led non-profit initiative. It was established to facilitate the local community of artists in innovation, experimentation, exchange and dialogue within Sri Lanka. The core objective of Theertha is to explore the possibilities of exchanging ideas and knowledge across ethnic, regional and artistic borders in the context of contemporary critical art practice, which is especially urgent in the post civil war context. Theertha started its own gallery space “Red Dot Gallery” in 2007 to showcase experimental and socially engaged art and is one of the most important platforms in Sri Lanka.
Visual Arts Network of South Africa
VANSA operates as a support point and development agency for contemporary art practice in South Africa. We develop industry knowledge, resources, networks and projects that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in the South African–and wider African–context. VANSA is a national network of artists and arts organisations with over 7000 members that works to support and develop knowledge and resources for art practitioners, communities and organisations in South Africa.
Waza Art Centre is an independent art space located in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Waza provides resources for artists and cultural operators of all disciplines to develop critical thinking through artistic research, exchange with local communities and international art professionals. Waza develops projects at the intersection of art, research and social engagement. The Revolution Room project (2013-2016) was awarded the Critical Discourse Prize of the African Architecture Prize (Zeitz MOCAA, 2016).
Arts Collaboratory (AC) is a translocal ecosystem consisting of 25 diverse organisations around the world focused on art practices, processes of social change, and working with broader communities beyond the field of art.
In our ecosystem knowledge and strengths are brought together and harvested in processes of collective organization. It is a radical experiment in exploring the potentiality of art and social transformation.