RUYA MAPS supports artists working in, or focusing on, places experiencing social or political instability.
Its roaming exhibition programme introduces culture concerning areas of discord to new global audiences, in many cases for the first time.
Onsite activities take place in areas currently or recently affected by political or military conflicts, and in refugee camps. They include artist commissions, workshops, talks and collaborations with local groups, organisations and initiatives.
RUYA MAPS’ aims are twofold – to enable artists working in areas of discord to participate in international cultural exchange and to encourage a wider understanding of global challenges, through the testimony of real-time, creative witnesses. RUYA MAPS also produces publications and digital content.
Its sister organisation, the Ruya Foundation, works in Iraq to aid and enrich culture and build cultural bridges with the world. Particularly supporting young artists, it is the only NGO working with contemporary artists in Iraq.
RUYA MAPS was established to address specific needs, identified by the Ruya Foundation whilst carrying out its unique work in Iraq, that were found to be applicable internationally.