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Welcome to ARTconnects

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About

ARTconnects is a workshop based award-winning initiative created in 2017 by Salma Zulfiqar BEM, an International Artist and Human Rights Activist. Following her invaluable humanitarian experience of working with the United Nations on rights and development issues in Afghanistan, Africa, Asia and The Middle East, Salma has transformed her artistic skills and advocacy experience towards empowering refugee and marginalised women  and youth across the globe.

ARTconnects also delivers educational workshops for youth  in schools and universities. 

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic the project has expanded online and is promoting global solidarity and mental wellbeing for vulnerable communities and youth in particular. Workshops and content is licensed to ARTconnects.

 In 2023, Salma Zulfiqar was appointed the British Empire Medal  for services to the Arts and Education in King Charles III Birthday Honours List.

In the same year she received the British Citizen Award and in 2022, Salma Zulfiqar  was presented with the U.K. Prime Minister's prestigious Points of Lights Award in recognition of her 'exceptional service' 

Salma Zulfiqar was also voted one of the most influential women from the West Midlands and received the national Rising Star Diversity Award powered by The Sunday Times in 2019.

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Who We Are

ARTconnects is creating climate changemakers in communities through creative educational learning for social cohesion, human rights, peace and tolerance while empowering refugee and migrants and students  through creative expression. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, online workshops have attracted participants from the UK, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and USA. 

 

Through high impact workshops led by highly experienced International Artist and Activist, Salma Zulfiqar, participants, learn creative skills, improve knowledge on human rights and experience better mental health while combatting isolation. 

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We believe in charging a fair price to non-profit clients and reinvesting surplus profit back into supporting the social mission.


ARTconnects License to Empower

ARTconnects is offering organisations the opportunity to join forces and contribute towards empowering girls and women around the world and supporting students through our high impact creative educational online learning.

As a leader in promoting peace and tolerance, climate justice, humanity and equality through creative expression and debate, the ARTconnects package provides you with the unique opportunity to be part of our award-winning initiative. It enables licensees to deliver  high impact ARTconnects workshops and be part of the change. 

This unique package of materials and mentoring provides you with detailed instructions to enable you to deliver an ARTconnects workshop. 

Contact salma@artconnects.co.uk if you are interested in purchasing an ARTconnects License. 

​Please note that unauthorised copying and duplication of ARTconnects workshops, elements, concepts and or artworks is not permitted.

The Migration Blanket - Climate Solidarity Film
is a sequel to In Solidarity - The Migration Blanket
exhibited during the Venice Biennale 2022.

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In Solidarity
The Migration Blanket

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Testimonials

“Having a space where one is able to unload, feel inspired and inspire others through conversation and art is a great way of initiating social change and positive influence...I think that this is particularly good for vulnerable women who may have a lot of suppressed feeling and thoughts due to personal life experiences.”

S.Ali, Womens Aid, UK

"This is highly commendable work’’

Caroline Dinenage MP
Former Minister of State for Digital and Culture, UK.

  " I really enjoyed being able to meet

people online living in the developing world as I had never experienced anything like this, I believe that it's an experience that would benefit so many people to feel like they need to do more for the planet to help groups directly affected. I also found the experience very calming, it felt like a positive thing for my mental health." 

Amelia, University Student UK/ARTconnects Participant