Arts Rights Justice Academy 2018

Do you work to support artists who are being censored or persecuted?
Are you a human rights defender or legal professional, with interest in or experience of supporting artists whose rights are being violated? Are you an arts and cultural practitioner, or working in an art organisation concerned by a growing climate of censorship, repression and aggression towards freedom of artistic expression?


September 1 – September 8, 2018
at the University of Hildesheim, Northern Germany

The UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’ at the University of Hildesheim (Germany) invites experienced arts professionals and practitioners from all world regions to apply for the second edition of the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE ACADEMY 2018. This one-week advanced training course focuses on knowledge-exchange on the threats to artistic freedom worldwide, on understanding the legal and rights framework and the role of civil society in the protection and defense of the right to artistic freedom.

What is the ARJ ACADEMY 2018?
The ARJ ACADEMY invites 30 young professionals to join a group of international experts in the field for a programme of workshops, discussions, teamwork, presentations and individual consultancy. All participants in the ARJ ACADEMY will be practitioners in cultural policy-related work, arts or cultural management practice, free expression advocacy, human rights defense or related areas.

We are committed to bringing together participants from as wide a range of world regions as possible to create a peer-to-peer learning ambiance based on dialogue, learning and exchange.

The ARJ ACADEMY will be followed by the ARJ FORUM.

  • Fundamentals of freedom of expression
  • Understanding freedom and threat: censorship and policy structures
  • Legal frameworks and artists’ rights
  • Advocacy & campaigning: creating the conditions for free expression to thrive
  • Working with artists: training, protection, visas, relocation
  • Funding & networking


Who is eligible?
Young professionals and practitioners of all nationalities working within artists at risk residencies, arts and cultural project managers, artists, lawyers, jurists or further related area with:

  • Working experience in a field related to human rights, cultural rights, cultural policy, freedom of expression and artistic freedom, artist mobility, arts or social development
  • Good level of English



There are three fee options:

€1250 (Full fee)
€625 (Half-subsidised)*
€125 (Fully-subsidised)*

*There are possibilities for part or full financial assistance. Please find out if you are eligible for subsidy here.

The participation fee includes…

  • Five days advanced training course
    (ARJ ACADEMY September 2 – September 6, 2018)
  • Attendance at the ARJ FORUM on September 7, 2018
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Travel to the ARJ Forum in Berlin
  • Certificate of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Hildesheim
  • Participants are expected to pay their own travel costs to and from the Campus in Hildesheim. However, there are travel bursaries for a limited number of applicants; the option to apply for this bursary is included in the application form.


How to apply?

Please apply to the ARJ ACADEMY by April 5, 2018. APPLY HERE:
Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation and experiences stated in the application form and to ensure the group will represent diverse expertise, geographic and cultural spread.
Feedback to your application will be given by mid-May 2018.


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