Arts Collaboratory (AC) is a translocal ecosystem consisting of 25 diverse organisations around the world focused on art practices, processes of social change, and working with broader communities beyond the field of art. In Arts Collaboartory’s ecosystem knowledge and strengths are brought together and harvested in processes of collective organization. It is a radical experiment in exploring the potentiality of art and social transformation.
Arts Collaboratory was established in 2007 as a funding program and as a platform for knowledge-sharing among artist initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Arts Collaboratory’s mission is to promote sustainable, collaborative, and open visual arts practices that contribute to social innovation and emphasize building translocal communities among participants. Key areas of inquiry are the rethinking of funding models; methodologies of working with artists locally and transnationally while unlearning the current modalities of working; and, most importantly, devising a self-sustainable and open system of translocal collectivity.