“The Berlin Galleries Welcome Support e.V.”
abc and Gallery Weekend have the pleasure to introduce you to “The Berlin Galleries Welcome Support e.V.”, a charitable organization founded in tight collaboration with Berlin-based art-related initiatives that help people who had to flee.
We warmly invite galleries and guests of Gallery Weekend to donate to this association.
The donations will be transferred via our association to the initiatives directly. The members of the association will decide about the distribution of the donations and will communicate this transparently.
The Berlin Galleries Welcome Support
IBAN: DE44 1005 0000 0190 5258 86
Members of the association are: Maike Cruse, Christiane Rhein, Carlotta Rösner (Gallery Weekend Team), Antje Majewski (Share Creativity), Nadira Husain (Social Place and ACUD), Marina Naprushkina (Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit) and Ulf Aminde (*foundationClass).
Please find the statement of the initiatives below as well as a list of the supported projects HERE.
Call for donations by art-related initiatives by / for / with people who had to flee
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016
Art-related initiatives by / for / with people who had to flee are all different: some are small, some involve many people; some organize German lessons, creative work or communal dinners, some help with food or shelter elsewhere; while some have existed for years, others have sprung up in the last months. What all of them have in common is that they have, so far, little or no funding, and rely on the enthusiastic voluntary work of their participants and organizers. Among them are many artists, curators, theorists and writers who felt the need to take action, and to use their specific knowledge and abilities to work with and for people who had to flee.
We sincerely believe the best way to show your solidarity with asylum seekers coming to Germany is to collaborate with them and with other volunteers to create, improve and strengthen a culture of interaction and Welcome. Every donation, big or small, can be transformed into activities: it can help to print dictionaries or distribute food, buy German learning materials, paintbrushes, partition walls, musical instruments; or it can fund intercultural cafés… Most importantly, it can support establishing a personal and cultural exchange through which we can all learn from each other.
We advocate a policy of open doors and borders and we insist on the freedom of movement and the right to seek asylum, which is part of the German Constitution and the Geneva Convention, signed by Germany. While the political situation has shifted once again towards an isolationist policy, the reasons to flee have not changed. With better weather in spring, people will start finding other routes that may be even more dangerous and costly. The situation of people who had to flee and are now staying in Lebanon, Greece and Turkey is constantly bad, while most European countries have closed their frontiers. Therefore we want not only to make a statement of welcome, but also to work together with newcomers in a very practical way. You can help us to counter xenophobia and make an active and responsible commitment in the context of the social transformations of the city.
We are all therefore very happy that the Gallery Weekend Berlin has launched this campaign to help the different initiatives by asking galleries to share a part of their earnings made during the gallery weekend to “The Berlin Galleries Welcome Support e.V.” that will distribute these donations to the existing initiatives. We would be most grateful if many galleries would join the campaign to show that the Art world is not a world apart, but part of this world in which we all live together.
There is of course also the possibility for everybody to join one of our initiatives to help us with our voluntary work, or to donate directly to the initiatives or to other useful organizations, which are not necessarily related to art.
bassateen e.V. / 15th Garden
Kos Refugees Need Your Help
Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit
SAVVY Contemporary e.V.
Schlesische 27 – Internationales JugendKunst- und Kulturhaus
Social Place and ACUD
FLAX – Foreign Local Artistic Xchange. A Network for Cultural Collaboration
Between Bridges is supporting this initiative, but not in need of donations.
Ulf Aminde, Julieta Aranda, Özlem Altin, Irad Ben Isaak, Birgit Mergerle, Deborah Anne Bowen, Barbara Caveng, Eli Cortiñas, Derek Di Fabio (2008daughters), Monika Dorniak, Martin Ebner, Caoimhe Gallagher, Paul Feigelfeld, Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Katharina Grosse, Alona Harpaz, Nadira Husain, Sylvia John, Marte Kiessling, Thomas Kilpper, Ofri Lapid, Antje Majewski, Anton Matzke, Michaela Meise, Barbara Meyer, Zoë Claire Miller, Aymen Montasser, Marina Naprushkina, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Markus Neuschäfer, Agostina Rufolo, Jessy Medernach, Mo Loschelder, Katrin Plavčak, Dachil Sado, Eva Scharrer, Andreas Schlaegel, Bettina Scholz, Raimar Stange, Valerie Stahl von Stromberg, Hito Steyerl, Corinna Sy, Wolfgang Tillmanns, Rilana Vorderwuelbecke, Judith Vrancken, Raul Walch, Klara Wallner, Jonas Wuestefeld.
Art- related initiatives by / with / for people who had to flee
Coordination: Nadira Husain, Antje Majewski