Crowdfunding Initiative: supporting non-profit visual art projects from around the world

Crowdfunding Initiative: supporting non-profit visual art projects from around the world

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October 16, 2014

Crowdfunding Initiative: supporting non-profit visual art projects from around the world

Art Basel‘s recently launched Crowdfunding Initiative, a new partnership with Kickstarter, currently features five cutting-edge projects from international non-profit visual arts organizations. 

The initiative hopes to provide visibility and financial support to a wide variety of artistic projects from non-profit institutions, including exhibitions, public installations, films, artist books, education programs, artist residencies, talks, conservation and archiving, and other innovative art projects. They are selected by an independent jury formed from non-profit spaces, comprised of Hammad Nasar, curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Glenn Phillips, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; and Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul and New York. 

New projects are added on an ongoing basis with people supporting projects because they want to see an idea come to life. On Kickstarter, non-profit visual arts organizations additionally offer rewards to people who back their projects. 

Current projects are:

–Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art proposes staging Actions for Tomorrow by Chinese art collective Yangjiang Group in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. The project pushes the boundaries of traditional Chinese calligraphy by exploring ideas of collective action through large-scale architectural constructions, video projections and public performances.  

Delfina Foundation, a London-based artist residency seeks to produce an exhibition on performance art in the Arab world through rare archives and new artworks.

Gasworks, a London-based organization that promotes the exchange of ideas between international and local artists through exhibitions and residencies in London and at partner organizations in Cuba, China, South Africa, Kenya and India, asks for support to construct additional studios for emerging artists in South London.

SculptureCenter in New York City looks to raise funds to restore and present video works by Thai artist  Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook for public viewduring her first museum survey in the United States.

If your organization would like to submit a project, please apply here.

If you would like to donate to support the projects, visit our curated page on Kickstarter.

Further details about the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative and how to pledge can be found at


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