About us


Arika is a political arts organization concerned with supporting connections between artistic production and social change. We are based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Past Projects

At last count we’ve organised over 900 events attended by at least 127,000 people and featuring about 900 artists, filmmakers, performers, dancers, musicians, philosophers, activists, community organisers, academics, and writers.

Our projects have been delivered in collaboration with many partners and venues such as concert halls, community spaces, major international museums and biennials, cinemas, art centres, roadsides, an IMAX, stone circles, pubs, under bridges, and once in an underground fuel storage tank. 

Partner institutions have included The Whitney Museum of American Art NY, The Museum of Modern Art, PS1 NY, NVA, The Arches, DCA, Never Come Ashore, The Sage Gateshead, ICA London, Art Angel Dundee, Le Weekend and Pan Records.

Events we’ve programmed in the past include the festivals INSTAL, Kill Your Timid Notion and Music Lover’s Field Companion, and the Shadowed Spaces and Resonant Spaces tours. We’ve worked on long term community projects with Ultra-red, SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement) and presented a week long programme of events as part of the 2012 Whitney Biennial entitled A Survey is a Process of Listening.



We are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, supported by Creative Scotland.

The current team at Arika is:
Bryony McIntyre - Director
Barry Esson – Director
Neil Davidson- Archive Project Manager
Emma Macleod- Company Manager
Alex Fleming - Program
Cloudberry MacLean - Local Organising

Folk who have spent time working on Arika projects include (but are not limited to): Agnieszka Habraschka, Alex Fleming, Alex McNutt, Alex Woodward, Alice Black, Andrew Houston, Anna Pearce, Ash Reid, Avalon Hernandez, Barry Esson, Ben Kamps, Bryony McIntyre, Reina Gosset, Chris Dennis, Chris Nelms, Cloudberry MacLean, Dan Adams, Darri Donnelly, Emilia Muller-Ginorio, Emily Roff, Emma Macleod, Erin McElhinney, Glen Thomson, James Hindle, Jana Robert, Jason Brogan, Jim Hutcheson, Jo Shaw, Jon Clarke, Jonathan Anderson, Kamal Ackerie, Kenny Macleod, Laura Cameron Lewis, Matt Lloyd, Mike Donnelly, Neil Davidson, Nick Miller, Ruari Cormack, Ruth Marsh, Lesley Young,


Arika is a Japanese word, which a friend of ours[1] thought could give a name to our activities.  We have heard many translations of it - ‘a secret hiding place’, ‘the location of all things’.  But the one we like the best is – ‘a place where maybe you might find the thing you desire’[2].

[1] The musician Keiji Haino.

[2] This translation was given to us by the musician Taku Unami.




  1. The encounters they stage and the episodes they construct bear the weight of a history they honour in trying to forge. Their work reminds us that art is irreducibly social and that its spirit, the range of its transcendence, is irreducibly earthly. 

    —Fred Moten
    Poet and writer

  2. Arika are at the forefront of experientially rich, aesthetically demanding, and philosophically provoking curatorial practice…

    —Jay Sanders
    Curator at Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Arika have a unique organisational practice that allows them to dynamically reflect and contribute to contemporary arts practice.

    —Ben Cook
    Director, LUX

  1. My brain and soul melted after all of the weekend's programme. And now thankfully it is starting to regenerate into something stronger...

    —Audience Member
    Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

  2. Provocative, iconoclastic, sophisticated art, discussion and social interaction midwifed by a visionary team whose high professional standards added materially to its execution and the impact of its content.

    —Ed Baxter
    Resonance 104.4FM

  1. Arika’s conversations remain extremely necessary – so that, if nothing else, we may at least collectively chart our downfall, or perhaps even our destruction.
    —The Skinny
    On Episode 6, published October 2014
  2. Like the host of any good party, Arika is host to people, to concepts and ideas, to daily struggles and joys.

    —Park McArthur