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Tuesday, April 21, 2020


AfH Artist Solidarity Fund is a project created by Art for Humanity, Durban University of Technology, City Campus, in Durban.

The AfH Artist Solidarity Fund is a short-term intervention set up to provide relief to artists, art students and creative practitioners in the Durban area in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

Ismail Farouk, Director: Art For Humanity at the DUT Faculty of Art and Design explains:

Through centralising relief efforts by arts-based organisations in Durban, and through generous donations by individuals, institutions, faculty members, the private-sector and beyond, we hope to respond to the needs of vulnerable artists and the families they support who are facing the dangerous loss of income resulting in a variety of difficulties from food and housing insecurity to an inability to purchase basic needs for survival.

The Fund seeks to centralise efforts to help lessen the burden of various financial insecurities caused or aggravated by the current crisis. In this process we aim to create a database of working artists and creatives, as well as arts-based students and graduates based in the wider Durban area.

AfH, our partners and other stakeholders are currently gathering data and impact stories through this survey link. The survey will capture the personal details of applicants as well as narratives related to the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on artists, and to establish what some of their most pressing needs might be.”

Who can apply?
This fund is specifically designed to serve artists, art students, graduates and creative practitioners. This includes, but is not limited to, performing artists, designers, technicians in creative industries, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers, photographers, etc. Creatives facing food and income insecurity or not having the means to acquire essential items for survival need apply.

How can artists apply?
Those who which to be eligible for the financial assistance must:
1) Fill out the survey link.
2) Attach a copy of ID or passport (email:
3) Attach CV (if you have one).

How will the funds be prioritised and used?
Funds will be equally distributed as a once-off payment to verified applicants, which is dependent upon the amount raised and the number of eligible applicants.

How will this work?
AfH has established a Working Committee that will ensure the information captured through the survey link above is processed with urgency and transparency (the information will not be shared with third parties, without prior permission.) All references provided will be contacted and applicants will be verified through this vetting process. As there is much uncertainty surrounding the crisis and the ongoing lockdown, the idea is to continue to gather funding and resources, so that verified applicants may receive repeat payments in following months, if deemed necessary. Applications will be approved or not by the working committee and their decision will be final.

Who is on the working committee?
● Ismail Farouk (Art For Humanity/AfH, Durban University of Technology/DUT)
● Tasneem Seedat (AfH Board Member)
● Angela Shaw (KZNSA Gallery)
● Russel Hlongwane (Substance Point, AfH)
● Mario Pissara (Africa South Art Initiative/ASAI)

How to donate to the Fund?
You can make a direct deposit to the following account:
Account Name: Art For Humanity
Bank: Nedbank
Brach: 130126
Account Number: 1301289353
Account Type: Cheque/Transmission
Reference: ALP
AfH PBO Status

AfH is a public benefit organisation (PBO No. 930020636). Donations are tax deductible.

Arts Lives Project (ALP)
DUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design (FoAD) is involved with different projects as part of its Arts Lives Project (ALP). AfH is one of the Faculty's Community Engagement Projects. FoAD communities (staff,
students, graduates, partners and other stakeholders) are encouraged to include ALP as part of the
donation reference.

Farouk continues: “We’re all in this together. Our purpose is to extend our solidarity and support, making sure artists and creatives who are vulnerable during this crisis not feel alone or abandoned. A longer term goal of having a growing database of artists allows us to facilitate ongoing solidarity and mutual aid work, towards a more resilient and supportive local arts community in the wider Durban area.”

Art for Humanity is situated at the Durban University of Technology, City Campus, in Anton Lembede Street, Durban, 4001. Phone 031 373 6610, email: or visit