RUYA MAPS has a clear mission: to support artists in areas of social or political instability. It is a not-for-profit platform that delivers a global and accessible programme, fostering and promoting culture originating from places affected by political or military conflicts.

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 also produces publications and digital content.


Through the testimony of real-time, creative witnesses, RUYA MAPS intends to establish a cultural legacy for communities affected by social or political instability, for generations to come. To achieve this RUYA MAPS has three aims:


To build a platform that gives a voice to artists working in areas of discord, enabling them to participate in international events and exhibitions.


To develop practical, manageable and accessible cultural projects in areas of social or political instability, engaging artists working in those areas in international cultural conversations.


To deliver an international programme that enables diverse art audiences to gain knowledge and insight into conflict and other global challenges.