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


The ARJ ACADEMY invited 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 had been practitioners in cultural policy-related work, arts or cultural management practice, free expression advocacy, human rights defense or related areas.

We are continuously 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 had been followed by the ARJ FORUM at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.


This module will establish common sense and definitions regarding artistic expression, threats, persecution and artistic creation through the exchange of perspectives and experiences of the ACADEMY participants. Artistic freedom as a human right, will be discussed and examined in the context of international law such as in the UN and UNESCO.
This module will focus on the definition and understanding of threats and censorship by examining case studies. Examples from different world regions and artistic fields will be analysed and discussed in detail. Legal frameworks and specific protection mechanisms will be analyzed.
This module will focus, among other topics, on ‘How to report on freedom of expression and artistic freedom?’. The participants of the ARJ ACADEMY will enhance their knowledge about communication and campaigning strategies and concepts. Furthermore the issue of documentation of threats and cases will be a bigger point of discussion.
Funding and networking strategies in the international field of freedom of artistic expression and human rights will be discussed. Some key institutions and networks will be presented. The ARJ ACADEMY participants will have the chance to consult the facilitators in order to discuss their personal questions and cases.
‘Working with Artists’ is at the heart of the ARJ ACADEMY. Depending on the interests and learning expectations of participants, specific topics will be elaborated. These topics include: protection and promotion needs, mechanisms to ensure artistic freedom within regional contexts, artist residency examples, the art of hospitality, relocation, visas and immigration, freedom of mobility, specific regional issues, legal reform or enforcement, non-public advocacy and relations with the audience.