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The Project Mart was a concept calculated to lend continuity to the A&P Summit's patronage programming by bringing funding to worthy projects. The initial phase involved selection of three target art-related programmes or institutions with pending or ongoing projects which are already up and running, studies and programming modules in place but lacking funds, or requiring additional or top-up funding.
The A&P Initiative was developed to greater the understanding between those working at the forefront of change in our society through the arts, from artists to grassroots organisations to private individuals, and to re-imagine possibilities for working together to achieve a shared vision. Project Mart raised $74,000 for Ashkal Alwan, The Townhouse and Sada.
However, there have been complications in the Project Mart's delivery of pledges to recipients, including funds that were effectively 'frozen' because of new banking regulations following the Egyptian revolution. Although this was out of our control as organisers (since A&P ddi not receive any funds directly), it has created an unhealthy tension between the organisers and/or the receiving institutions. This issue will be sorted soon by the Townhouse, and each organisation will receive their rightful cut; however, under these circumstances, TransGlobe Publishing has decided against producing the A&P Report and taking the financial risk if the publication cannot achieve what the organisers intended. Read more from Hossein Amirsadeghi on the A&P Report.