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Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

With the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), we at AHRC are pleased to announce a Network Plus call in collaboration with The Antislavery Knowledge Network of the University of Liverpool, University of Ghana, University of Nottingham and University of Hull.

Applicants are invited from NGO, University, Research Institutes, Arts or Cultural Organisations, or Social Enterprises working in ODA countries to submit bids which will address how slavery is a core development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities to deliver community-engaged antislavery work.


Focusing on the idea of activated community memory, the project champions the use of arts and humanities as a resource for social change. One of the core aims of the network is to explore the ways in which participatory arts-based strategies, rooted in heritage and memory, can empower Global South communities to play a central role in tackling contemporary slavery.

The call invites applications relating to three overarching themes:

  1. Voices for Freedom
  2. Liberating Heritage
  3. Picturing Emancipation

Each is designed to encourage projects to develop innovative, interdisciplinary and rights-based challenges to slavery and related forms of exploitation (including child labour and forced marriage).

Voices for Freedom will centre on narratives and the lived experience of slavery, calling for projects to imagine new and challenging ways to collect, record and archive testimony from individuals and communities in the area of focus.

Liberating Heritage will call for projects that connect space, place and memory around slavery with contemporary human rights and development challenges.

Picturing Emancipation will seek projects that utilise visual arts and photography to expose and reflect upon the experiences and legacies of slavery and efforts to resist and overcome its consequences.

About the funding

We have two types of funding available:

  1. Medium-sized grants - £5,000-30,000
  2. Large grants - £30,000-100,000

We anticipate funding around 15 projects, and will seek to make a mixed portfolio of awards.

Awards can be for between 6 and 18 months in duration and must begin by the end of 2018.