Moving Artists (MA) is an independent, artist-run nonprofit based in Bilbao, Spain. Working at the intersection of human rights and the arts, MA is dedicated to facilitating mobility and cultural exchange between countries that, for any reason, have restricted access to one another. In particular, MA seeks to enable movement and transnational exchange for art professionals whose work is threatened by situations of conflict, crisis, instability or censorship.
Prolonged war conflicts and humanitarian crises often lead to closed borders and cultural isolation, thus conditioning cultural production within affected regions and distorting cultural perceptions externally. By opening on-going channels of movement and mutual interaction between artists under threat and outside artistic communities, MA seeks to create vibrant new spaces for artistic production—spaces of curiosity, collaboration and empowered meaning.
MA’s primary initiatives are short-term residency programs in Spain, in which selected artists from culturally isolated countries are provided with logistical, conceptual, and financial support to advance the production of new artistic works. Through partnerships with various cultural institutions, including Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia, the BilbaoArte Foundation and the University of the Basque Country, MA residents are encouraged to collaborate with local communities, and they are given platforms to share and disseminate their work.
Beyond our current residency programs, MA continually looks for new ways to encourage the movement of art professional across political and ideological borders—both away from and towards conflict and post-conflict scenarios. In our increasingly complex global community, the protection and reciprocal sharing of living arts heritage is not only central to diplomacy, it is essential to resilience.
To carry out artists exchange & residency programs to promote the art practice and cultural exchange.
To launch an international talent contest searching for cultural projects that could be developed on the ground (crisis & post-crisis destinations).
To celebrate an annual conference on the topic that will led to a White Paper publishing.
To map & visibilize a net of art professionals and art contexts within non accessible locations.