Mary Ann DeVlieg is an internationally experienced consultant, facilitator and trainer with a background in the arts, arts mobility and policy. She evaluates international cultural collaboration projects for the European Commission and charitable foundations. Since 2010 she has been working to protect and defend the rights of artists-at-risk, she founded the EU working group, Arts-Rights-Justice, co-founded Artsfex, advises and trains artists and arts organisations on protection and defence. At freeDimensional (2013 – 2015), she led strategic organisational development, and currently steers the Arts-Rights-Justice Academy at the University of Hildesheim. She is a case consultant for at-risk artists and a frequent speaker and conference moderator. Has been an active political lobbyist on behalf of the arts and in 2006 was awarded the EU Individual Prize for services to artists mobility.  With many years of experience in the MENA region, she is currently a Board member of Highlight Arts UK and Advisor to Ettijahat Independent Culture, Lebanon, of The Artists at Risk Connection and Artsfex.

Working languages: English, French, Italian

Examples of Mary’s work:


Freemuse (2015, 2016), feasibility and strategy planning for artistic freedom advocacy to European Commission and European Parliament; feasibility and planning workshop for funding from the European Commission

freeDimensional (2013-2015), responsible for strategic organisational development


Co-planner, coordinator and academy host/moderator: Arts Rights Justice Summer Academy University of Hildesheim (2015 – 2017)

 City of Malmö Safe Havens, (2015) training on hosting relocated artists-at-risk

 ICORN (2014), training on hosting relocated artists-at-risk

 Connecting and Mapping

Secretary General of IETM, (1994 – 2013) a 600-organisation/60-country strong professional network for contemporary performing arts, where she led on arts mobility, developing relations with the Mediterranean countries, policy advocacy and artists’ rights.

EU ProtectDefenders, ICORN, York University Centre for Applied Human Rights, Artists Protection Fund, freeDimensional and others (2012 – ongoing) brokering assistance for artists-at-risk.

 Founded or co-founded/co-founded funds, local development programs and information resources for artists (e.g. and Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility in the Mediterranean

Evaluation and Writing

 Freemuse (2016), Edited ‘Study on the Effects of War and Repression on Musicians, Performers and the Public of SWAT, Pakistan

 Drosos Foundation (2016), led the Mediterranean research team and foundation benchmarking in a six month research and evaluation process of foundation support for organisations developing life skills through creative projects in the Arab world.

 Evaluates funding applications to various programmes of the European Commission, such as REA (Research Executive Agency), DEVCO (International Development and Cooperation), Education and Culture.

Public Speaking and Events

ICORN (2014 – 2016), speaker, group facilitator, session moderator for ICORN’s annual assemblies and network meetings

Safe Havens Conference City of Malmö (2015 – 2017), speaker, session moderator, conference host/moderator

Artists Against All the Odds conference, El Mawred, Beirut( 2016), co-planner, speaker, session moderator

 DEVCO (EIDHR/European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights), EU ProtectDefenders, speaker on artists as human rights defenders (2015, 2016, 2017)