Sakiya — Art / Science / Agriculture raided

Monday, September 12, 2022 - 10:45

On Friday 12 August 2022, our project partner Sakiya — Art / Science / Agriculture was raided by a group of approximately 20 settlers who forcibly entered their premises in Ein Qiniya in Palestine.

Sakiya have released a statement detailing the facts of the attack and resulting damage to their building, infrastructure and projects. Arts Catalyst is deeply saddened and concerned by this situation. We are collaborating with Sakiya on Soil Futures — a network and project that explores existing and future knowledges of soil — which is intimately connected to Sakiya’s practice and context.

The Soil Futures project is intended to provide a wider platform for public conversations around land, heritage and ecology rooted within the context of each project partner’s locality. Our recent Open Call opportunity supports an artist residency at Sakiya in late autumn for a UK-based artist.

Sakiya have a strategy in place to continue with their planned programme, which includes the Soil Futures project. We fully support their plans and will work closely with Sakiya and the selected resident artist to facilitate the residency.

Soil Futures is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international arts projects. Five organisations are partnering on the project: Arts Catalyst (Sheffield, UK); RIWAQ (al Bireh, Palestine); Sakiya — Art/Science/Agriculture (Ein Qiniya, Palestine); Struggles for Sovereignty (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); and Vessel Art Project (Puglia, Italy).