Decriminalised Futures

01 Sep 2019–01 Sep 2023
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Arika is partnered with Decriminalised Futures to deliver a multi year collaborative project using creative tools to explore a broad range of topics impacting on the lives of sex workers.
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Our emphasis is on supporting artwork and popular education that speaks to a multiplicity of sex worker experiences; intersects with sex worker rights; and connects with broader social, labour and movement struggles. 
The project is lead by organisers and artists from SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement), in partnership with Arika and supported by the ICA.
Decriminalised Futures has a strong emphasis on movement-building. Through creative interventions and popular education, we aim to highlight the ways in which sex workers rights are inextricably linked to struggles for racial justice, migrant rights, anti-austerity work, labour right, trans rights, and many other movements and campaigns. 
By bringing together artists and organisers from a wide range of backgrounds, we hope to produce accessible political and creative work, events and education. Our goal is to celebrate creative expression of all kinds as a tool for deeper solidarity between global social justice struggles.
Over the next few years, we will be supporting the creation of new artwork, holding exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops, facilitating reading groups, and producing resources which highlight a range of sex worker experiences. Our priority is on embracing the messy complexity of sex workers’ lives and histories, while also contextualising these experiences in broader political and social moments.


Decriminalised Futures is supported by:

Creative Scotland 

Open Society Foundation


Radio Ava 

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation