Monday 12 August 2019

Hammerl Arts Rights Transfer (HART) established

Named after South African freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl, killed covering the "Arab Spring" in Libya in 2011, the Hammerl Arts Rights Transfer (HART) has now been legally registered as a non-profit organisation with its own bank accounts. 

HART is a fully-funded Fellowship in recognition of excellence in human and creative rights, offering a 6-month or 12-month residency in Johannesburg. Successful applicants for the Fellowship will be able to showcase their work through exhibition / debate / event space kindly provided by AFDA: The School for the Creative Economy. 

HART is currently run by a group of five arts and media specialists, being three black women, one white woman, and one white man: a co-ordinator, a logistics manager and assistant, a curator, and a hostess. We are putting the finishing touches on its selection process before we announce that the Fellowship is open for applications from across the African continent and beyond. 

HART is a project of the Professional Journalists' Association of South Africa (ProJourn), the sole organisation that issues press cards to freelance journalists and media workers. Today it proudly joins the growing arts rights justice ecosystem as one of the first such initiatives on the African continent.