Call for applications

Arts Rights Justice Academy 2017

University of Hildesheim, Germany
Deadline: 15 May 2017

Arts Rights Justice Academy 2017

Young professionals involved in the protection and defence of artists whose human rights may be violated, and those seeking to share expertise and gain knowledge in fields of censorship, freedom of expression in the arts are invited to apply for the first Arts Rights Justice Academy, a one week advanced training course at the University of Hildesheim, Germany 24 August – 1 September 2017.

Are you involved in the protection and defence of artists whose human rights may be violated? Do you work in the area of freedom of expression or legal defence and increasingly find yourself faced with cases involving artists? Do you work in the arts and find you are increasingly dealing with artists at risk from repression and violence? Are you a young professional looking to share expertise and gain knowledge in areas such as censorship in the arts or residencies for threatened artists?

Apply to the ARJ ACADEMY by May 15, 2017

August 24 – September 1, 2017
at the University of Hildesheim, Northern Germany

The UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’ invites experienced professionals from all world regions to apply for the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE ACADEMY 2017, a one-week advanced training course with a focus on knowledge-exchange, and on understanding, protecting and defending freedom of expression and artistic freedom in relation to human rights and social justice.

What is the focus of the ARJ ACADEMY 2017?

The ARJ ACADEMY will be organized in a one-week training and discourse format. 30 – 40 participants will join international experts and lecturers. The ARJ ACADEMY will be a mixture of workshops, discussions, teamwork in groups, presentations, individual consultancy, and expert insights. All participants in the ARJ ACADEMY will be young professionals in cultural policy-related work, arts or cultural management practice, free expression, human rights work or related academic areas. There is a keen desire to bring together participants from a wide variety of world regions and to create a peer-to-peer learning ambiance based on dialogue and exchange. Parallel to group oriented formats, attention will be given to individual learning tasks of each participant. Participation in the ARJ ACADEMY enables attendees to apply to initiate regional ARJ LABORATORIES with the support of the ARJ PROGRAM.


  • Fundamentals of freedom of expression within human rights
  • Understanding freedom and threat: censorship and policy structures
  • Advocacy & campaigning, funding & networking
  • Cultural policy & arts management
  • Working with artists: needs, protection, visas, relocation
  • Funding & networking: building worldwide networks in relation to freedom of expression and artistic freedom

Find a detailed insight into the topics on the ARJ website.


The participation fee for the whole ARJ ACADEMY 2017 is €1250 (For further information see ‘What is included?’). Selected participants may apply for a reduction in the fee. In the application form you will find the option of applying for a reduction or full reimbursement.

What is included?

  • One-week advanced training course relating to freedom of expression and artistic freedom
  • The ARJ CONFERENCE (Aug 30 – Sep 1, 2017) is a key element of the ACADEMY
  • Travel expenses are covered in the cheapest possible way
  • accommodation and meal costs are covered
  • Certificate of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Hildesheim is awarded at the end of the training

Who is eligible?

  • Young professionals working within artists at risk residencies, arts and cultural project managers, artists, lawyers, jurists or academics
  • 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
  • Individuals of all nationalities

How to apply?

Please apply to the ARJ ACADEMY using the application form below by May 15, 2017.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation stated in the application form and according to a wide variety of expertise and perspectives within the group. Feedback to your application will be given by June 2017.




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