The arts are being used to reimagine human rights in ways that are simultaneously provocative and nuanced, creating activism that ranges from the public and performative to the hidden and discrete.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) has worked for nearly a decade on arts-based research and activism, using the arts to generate questions to prioritise, forge new networks and collaborations, disrupt conventional thinking, and open the door to alternative ways of working. At times of shrinking civic and political space, culture and the arts provide a means for the marginalised to remain vocal, and a mechanism to keep open small spaces of resistance.

Our projects

Development alternatives

This is a network of artists, activists and academics exploring how the arts can expand civic space, political imagination and development alternatives.


The Arctivism Project is supporting activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its implications for activism and shrinking civic and political space.