Spurred by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Teiger Foundation is supporting three artist- and curator-led organizations providing emergency support inside and outside Ukraine. The Foundation is also supporting Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response, currently working to preserve cultural heritage in that country.
Since 2013, Artists at Risk (AR) has assisted artists from around the world fleeing oppression and war by matching them with “AR-Residencies” in twenty-six locations in nineteen countries. Since February 2022, almost three hundred new hosting organizations, as well as the national artist residency networks of Sweden, Italy, and other European countries, have joined forces with AR to relocate the currently over five hundred and fifty applicants from Ukraine and two hundred and thirty Russian and Belarusian dissident art practitioners and cultural workers. AR has relocated individuals to Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and elsewhere.
AR continues its #SaveAfghanArtists campaign, which seeks safe countries to offer visas and enable the relocation of over four hundred art professionals suffering from extreme deprivation and oppression in Afghanistan.
Teiger Foundation is also supporting artists and cultural workers who remain in Ukraine through a network established by Prince Claus Fund partner Kyiv Biennial / Visual Culture Research Center, located in Kyiv. This organization, which normally hosts the Kyiv Biennial, is now channeling aid directly to individuals working in the cultural field who are at risk and/or displaced internally. We are also supporting Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund, established by (MOCA) Museum of Contemporary Art NGO in partnership with Zaborona, The Naked Room and Mystetskyi Arsenal. Their mission is to ensure the continuity and development of Ukrainian cultural processes during the war, both by supporting cultural workers who have remained in Ukraine and by ensuring the visibility of Ukrainian culture in Ukraine and abroad.
The Prince Claud Fund's Cultural Emergency Response provides quick financial support to local actors to stabilize, prevent further damage, and implement basic repairs to save cultural heritage under threat. CER is at work in Ukraine supporting approximately twenty large and small cultural organizations and archives in securing and/or transporting their collections, as well as continuing its work in Ecuador, Haiti, Georgia, Palestine, Pakistan and Burkina Faso, among other countries.