We are a group of artist-run initiatives joining the worldwide call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. In the face of genocide, we are coming together in solidarity against the state-sanctioned colonial violence of Israel towards Palestine.
We strongly condemn the escalating violence in the region which continues to heavily impact innocent Palestinian families and civilians. We urgently call for humanitarian aid, to further prevent the loss of life, and to support those directly affected.
We recognise the important role art plays in offering a mirror to the urgent issues of the world, and the role that arts organisations have in platforming artists and shaping culture. This is a duty that we, collectively, take seriously, operating on stolen lands.
In our local arts community, we have seen artists who have courageously and bravely stood up in support of Palestine, even while facing threats of harassment and loss of opportunities and funding. As artist-run organisations, our solidarity will always be with artists, not with systems that suppress and silence artists. You inspire us with your leadership and advocacy, and our statement is written in this spirit.
This statement is the first step for our collective, and we will be sharing more shortly. If you want to co-sign this letter, please get in touch.
Cool Change Contemporary
Wreckers Art Space
The Old Bar Gallery
Fire Escape Contemporary
Read the Room
Honey Bones Gallery
Watch This Space
Haus of Vovo
Saluhan Collective / Pagbasa Archive
Slag Heap Projects
The Kitchen Studios and Gallery
(This statement will be updated as new signatories are added)