Go to navigation Go to content
Image -Trad_16x9_gron.jpgImage -Trad_16x9_gron.jpgImage -Trad_16x9_gron.jpg

New programme for global artistic freedom.

Programme for global artistic freedom

In March 2020, the Swedish Arts Council and Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, signed an agreement to provide support to the Swedish Arts Council so that we may conduct a new long-term programme with the aim of supporting and protecting artistic freedom globally.

The intended outcomes of the programme (2020–2023) are:

  • Improved conditions for artists to work without being subject to threats or harassment
  • In cases where an artists is unable to work in his or her own community, increased opportunities to access a safe haven
  • Increased number of countries with legislation that provides improved conditions for artists to freely create, display and distribute their work without being exposed to various forms of censorship
  • Increased capacity and networking on an international level, the development of a shared understanding, and knowledge of how the conditions for artists to work can be improved
  • Increased capacity of relevant actors to strengthen women’s opportunities to be artistically active

The direct target group of the programme is organisations who work to promote artistic freedom in countries that are classified as countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC).

We intend to initiate partnerships using subgrant funds with organisations working to fulfill the desired outcomes of the programme. The council is therefore entering into dialogue with a number of organisations within the sector who work in different ways to promote artistic freedom and whose working methods and geographical outreach are complementary.   

The programme is realised through financial support from Sida.


Maria Arnqvist

  • Programme Manager, Artistic Freedom Programme

Emma Emitslöf

  • Programme Officer, Artistic Freedom Programme