What is Artvocate?
“Activist art” is a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of "doing" and addresses political or social issues - Tate Modern
We specialise in connecting art and activism, curating artworks that represent specific social movements with the aim of promoting a fair and equitable future.
Through artworks and artists and the stories behind them we bring to life the values, struggles and aspirations of a range of urgent social movements.
Artists who work with us are altruistic and passionate about these social movements. Their work highlights social injustice and advocates change.
We aim to become the go-to art platform for all artworks that highlight social injustice and promote and support a fair and equitable world: one where people are treated fairly, where individual, collective, and future well-being are society’s priority.
The relationship between art and activism is complex and centuries old. Art can represent social progress, art can act as a witness to a moment in time and art can be an important call for change. By supporting and buying art that supports activism, not only do you show your faith and support, but you become part of a significant historical movement.
Whom do we donate to?
As part of the collaboration agreement with our artists, we donate at least 15% of sales proceeds to related organisations specific to each social movement.
Climate Justice - the disproportionality within our changing climate
Greenpeace: A movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction.
Extinction Rebellion: A global environmental movement, with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Freedom of Identity - to explore one's gender and sexuality freely
AKT: An organisation that supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
Refugees' Rights - protecting those seeking safety and beyond
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: A United Nations agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre: Provides aid, justice and empowerment programs to over 1000 asylum seekers living in the community seeking refugee protection.
Doras: An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to promote and protect human rights since the year 2000. Our core areas of work include Direct Support, Advocacy & Campaigns and Integration Planning.
Racial Justice - against systemic racism
Racial Justice Network: Bringing together over thirty organisations and individuals from across the West Yorkshire region to proactively promote racial justice.
World Peace - impeding acts of aggression and threats to peace
United24: Launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine.
Doctors Without Borders: An international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.
International Committee of the Red Cross: An organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence.
Mental Health - destigmatising the ask for help
Strong Minds: Treats depression in low-income women and adolescents by providing group interpersonal therapy (IPT-G), delivered by lay community health workers. StrongMinds is the only organisation scaling a cost-effective solution to the depression epidemic in Africa.
Fierce Calm: Delivering and funding free yoga classes in shelters and community spaces to refugees, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of violence and conflict, and people facing systemic bias due to sexual orientation, income, age, racial or cultural identity.
Hong Kong - the fight for democracy
Hong Kong Watch: A UK-based registered charity which researches and monitors threats to Hong Kong’s basic freedoms, the rule of law and autonomy as promised in the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It works between politics, academia and the media to shape the international debate about Hong Kong.
Banyan Tree Aid Humanitarian Support Fund is dedicated to assist incarcerated individuals and their families in solving their urgent needs, so that they may continue to live with dignity.
Thailand - push for monarchy reform
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights: A Thailand-based non-profit organisation aimed to provide legal and litigation assistance to individuals who had been summoned, arrested, and detained by the military.
Myanmar - the fight against the Military Junta
Myanmar Kitchen: A Myanmar-based charity providing humanitarian aid to under-privileged communities in Hlaing Thayar Township, a home to the largest labour population in Yangon.