AfH Artist Solidarity Fund

The AfH Artist Solidarity Fund is a short-term intervention set up to provide immediate relief to artists, art students and creative practitioners based in the Durban area in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund seeks to centralise efforts to help lessen the burden of various financial insecurities caused or aggravated by the current crisis. In this process we aim to create a database of working artists and creatives, as well as arts-based students and graduates based in the wider Durban area. As the lockdown continues,  artists and the families they support continue to face loss of income as well as platforms for exhibiting/performing their work, resulting in a variety of difficulties from food and housing insecurity to an inability to purchase basic needs.

The AfH Artist Solidarity Fund committee has been working on fundraising in order to make a second round of disbursements. Thanks to the KZNSA Gallery who generously donated proceeds from an online art auction, we raised just under R30 000 this month, and since the amount provided to artists is entirely dependent on the amount we are able to raise as well as the number of applicants, we will be limiting the application eligibility to first-time applicants with acute need circumstances.

Deadline extended to 11 June 2020, 12h00. 

Who can apply? 

This fund is specifically designed to serve artists, art students, graduates and creative practitioners.

This includes, but is not limited to, performing artists, designers, technicians in creative industries, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers, photographers, etc. Creatives facing food and income insecurity or not having the means to acquire essential items for survival need apply.

Kindly Note:

  • Applicants must reside in the EThekwini municipal area.
  • Only one application per individual
  • First time applicants only. Previous beneficiaries may not re-apply.
  • No organisations are permitted to apply.


How can artists apply?

Those who will to be eligible for the financial assistance must:

  1. Fill out the survey link.
  2. Attach a copy of  ID or passport (email:
  3. Attach CV (if you have one).
  4. Please check that your contact details and banking details are up to date for the verification process.


How to donate to the Fund?

You can make a direct deposit to the following account:

Account Name: Art For Humanity

Bank: Nedbank

Brach: 130126

Account Number: 1301289353

Account Type: Cheque/Transmission

Reference: ALP

The AFH Artist Solidarity Fund has an online donations page here. All the funds raised go directly to vulnerable artists, and the families they support.


AfH PBO Status 

AfH is a public benefit organisation (PBO No. 930020636). Donations are tax deductible.


Arts Lives Project (ALP)

DUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design (FoAD) is involved with different projects as part of its Arts Lives Project (ALP). AfH is one of the Faculty’s Community Engagement Projects. FoAD communities (staff, students, graduates, partners and other stakeholders) are encouraged to include ALP as part of the donation reference.


How does the application verification process work?

AfH has established a Working Committee that will ensure the applicant information captured through the application process is processed with urgency and transparency (information is not shared with third parties, without prior permission.).  All supporting documents (ID’s and CV’s are checked) and all references are called. Applicants with missing supporting documentation are called and provided with alternative methods to send documents. e.g. Whatsapp

Our purpose is to extend our solidarity and support, making sure artists and creatives who are vulnerable during this crisis do not feel alone or abandoned. A longer term goal of having a growing database of artists allows us to facilitate ongoing solidarity and mutual aid work, towards a more resilient and supportive local arts community in the wider Durban area.

With gratitude,

Art For Humanity