Welcome to ARTconnects
ARTconnects is a workshop-based project created by Salma Zulfiqar, 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, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Chad, and Kenya, Salma has transformed her artistic skills and advocacy experience towards empowering refugee and migrant girls and women across the globe.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the project has gone online and is promoting global solidarity and mental wellbeing for vulnerable women in particular. Workshop and content is licensed to ARTconnects.
Salma Zulfiqar was voted one of the most inspiration women to hail from Birmingham in the Book Once Upon a Time in Birmingham - Women Who Dared to Dream and received the national Rising Star Diversity Award powered by The Sunday Times in 2019.
Who We Are
ARTconnects is creating peacemakers in communities by promoting social cohesion, human rights, peace and tolerance while empowering girls and women - refugee and migrants in particular 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 receives legal supported from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Migration Blanket
“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 Minister of State for Digital and Culture, UK.
“I think the issue around the integration of migrants, which Salma is highlighting in her project, is important and very powerful…''