As a platform dedicated to persecuted art practitioners, the work of AR encompasses mapping and advocacy of art professionals “at risk”, addressing their practical needs and advancing their artistic practice. To achieve this, selected key figures are granted short or long-term residencies at so-called “AR-Safe Havens” - not as asylum seekers, but as invited and honoured visiting art professionals. These artists not only greatly enrich their host countries, but are at the heart of rebuilding their often war-torn countries of origin.
As a new partner in this growing network, Wysing is dedicating a three-month Safe Haven residency, from October to December 2017, to a visual artist who is a target of politically motivated threats and persecution in their home country. The first public call for this, and other AR Residencies in Europe, has now been launched and will remain open until 15 May. An International Jury will come together in June to place the artists with each of the host institutions.
Further details on the programme and how to apply can be found on Perpetuual Mobile’s website here.