Eager to expand their range of approaches, peacebuilding actors have for some years witnessed a growing interest in the role of art initiatives in conflict management. For their part, increasing numbers of artists are using it as a means to escape traditional art institutions. The professionalisation of the field has led us to consider the role that art could play in peacebuilding, as well as the advantages and associated risks of this approach and the challenges that must be overcome.
By focusing on the current developments in the field of art and peacebuilding, this issue offers us some answers. Examples of various projects conducted in Central and Latin America, Georgia, Central Asia, and South Africa illustrate the problem and provide an overview of the current situation.