Arterial Network is a dynamic, civil-society network of artists, cultural activists, entrepreneurs, enterprises, NGOs, institutions, and donors active in Africa’s creative and cultural sectors. Established as a member-based, non-profit organisation, Arterial Network operates as a bilingual network with French and English as its official languages.
The vision of Arterial Network is of a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative civil society sector engaged in qualitative practice in the arts in their own right, as well as in a manner that contributes to development, human rights and democracy and to the eradication of poverty on the African continent.
Arterial Network’s mission is to create civil society networks of cultural roleplayers and empower their work for the cultural dimension of development. Arterial undertakes research, training and advocacy functions to build individual and organisational capacity, and create an enabling and sustainable environment for democratic arts practice in Africa.
to build effective, sustainable in-country, regional and continental networks within and across arts disciplines to play advocacy and lobbying roles within countries, regions, on the continent and internationally as appropriate.
to collect and distribute relevant information, data and documents to empower civil society arts and culture organisations in African countries and regions to plan and take informed action in their interests.
to provoke debate, discussions and theorising around arts, culture, creative industries and contemporary arts and culture discourses and to develop African positions and leadership on such issues.
to help to build national, regional, continental and international circuits (festivals, outlets, etc.) to distribute African cultural goods and services and enable African artists to tour their works and to generate income through their creative output.
to facilitate the training and development of human resources required to practice, distribute and market the arts and creative goods and services of the African continent.
to mobilise local, regional, continental and international resources in support of the development, promotion and distribution of African creative goods and services.
to improve the working and living conditions, and to defend the rights of artists and creative practitioners on the African continent.