Art for Amnesty is a global community of artists of all disciplines and nationalities who share Amnesty International’s vision of a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

We are home to the world’s storytellers, those willing to shine a light on injustice by using visual or fine art, film, literature, poetry, music, photography, design or performance to express what it means to be human.

Today, recording artists like Chvrches, John Legend and Burkinabe rapper Smarty (left), join celebrated symphony orchestras, luminaries from the contemporary art world, south American authors, middle eastern street artists, Hollywood movie stars, south Asian film-makers; creators everywhere lending their voice to Amnesty International’s campaigns to end abuses of human rights.

Scottish band Chvrches support Amnesty on tour in partnership with Plus1

American folk singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez played an instrumental role in founding Amnesty’s US section office in the 1970s.
Monty Python’s iconic comedy benefits known as The Secret Policeman’s Ball endure to this day
A series of ground-breaking global concerts throughout the 80s, 90s and 00s featured Youssou N’Dour, U2, Miles Davis, The Police, Joni Mitchell, Yoko Ono, Rubén Blades, Lou Reed, Joan Armatrading and others too many to name.
Yoko Ono gifted the rights to record cover versions of John Lennon’s post-Beatles songs in 2004 for the album called Instant Karma
Ai Weiwei features prisoners of conscience in recent installations.
Vic Muniz creates and donates his portraits of a child victim of capital punishment.

Amnesty International has consistently promoted freedom of speech and expression for artists all over the world.

It has helped garner international attention and win personal freedom for those like legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose governments sought to silence them.

Today, as Amnesty’s movement of human rights defenders continues to grow throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Art for Amnesty responds with a curtain call for artists on the global stage in the digital age.

Art for Amnesty has a growing programme of projects and events, including Amnesty International’s top honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, recognising those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work.


We embrace the creativity inherent in every human and celebrate all artistic expression that connects people everywhere who take injustice personally

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS AN ESSENTIAL HUMAN CONDITION; IT SHOULD BE VALUED, RESPECTED AND PROTECTED BY ALL OF US.

Ai Weiwei