“I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Mary Ann DeVlieg in a number of projects over the years. She has the most profound insights in European and international cultural developments and nurtures an advanced professional network, thus navigating in an amazing spectrum of many cultural fields. Our annual international conference on protection and promotion of persecuted writers and artists owe much of its success to the generous and highly professional guidance provided by Mary Ann DeVlieg.”

Fredrik Elg, Head of International Relations, City of Malmö Culture Department, Founder of the international Safe Havens Conference


“Well once again thanks so much for being the “midwife/doctor” on this report. Without your diagnosis and delivery I’m not sure the report would have ever come out.”

Ole Reitov, Director, Freemuse


“Dear  Mary Ann, your contribution was fantastic this afternoon, simple and effective. We are very happy with this meeting and enough material to continue working on.”

Dirk DeWit, Director, BAM – Flemish institute for visual,audiovisual and media art


“Mary Ann’s tremendous knowledge and network of cultural practitioners, activities around the world, and expertise in arts and protecting artists were a huge advantage to me as an artist at risk. She played a significant role in contacting many human rights defenders NGOs and helping my family and me understand the options and obstacles to eventually finding safe shelter.  Mary Ann used her huge network to make my path clearer and easier until a safe havens city invited me as an ICORN artist.”

Abduljabbar Asuhili, Yemeni actor, theatre director, cultural manager


“I am confident in myself because there is someone who listened to me, gave me hope, and helped me to find the best solution.”

Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi, General Director of Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art


“I worked with Laurence Cuny at several occasions, particularly when we developed research projects at the United Nations on artistic freedom and on the impact of advertising on cultural rights. I greatly appreciated Laurence’s numerous skills and professionalism, which made a true difference in the quality of our work: outstanding ability to undertake research and analyses, exceptional capacity to network and develop in-depth contacts with relevant people, profound commitment to the projects including in the long run to ensure follow-up and implementation. I sincerely recommend her to any person or institution wishing to develop projects on human rights issues, in particular artistic freedom.”


Mylène Bidault, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations.