Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries
ENPI / Cris Contract 2011/256804
The project SPACES – Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries –promotes artistic and cultural action in public space and the recuperation of public spaces for art, culture and urban dwellers.
SPACES project was implemented to curate and carry out participatory art events in public spaces in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Processes of networking, social research and policy debates accompany the in situ events. Core questions: How can the art and cultural actors in these countries find new audiences and new places for artistic expression? How can art and culture NGOs develop a better standing in negotiations with governmental agencies? What are desirable processes of change?
A better understanding of public spaces in post communist cities, a stronger lobby for the independent scenes, and new concepts for cultural governance in the region: these are some of the SPACES results.
Key target groups: Artists, cultural workers, civil society groups (especially youth and marginalised groups), experts including architects specialized on public space and urban fabric, researchers and students (cultural policy, urban studies, contemporary art), local authorities (city councils etc), governmental art institutions (national museums, theatres etc), policy makers, decision makers.
OIKODROM – the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability
Dr. Heidi Dumreicher, email@example.com
Countries of action:
Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
6 Project Partners:
Duration: 3 years (2011-2014)
Start: December 1st 2011
Key Words: Capacity Building in the Cultural Field, Art and Culture in Public Space, Cultural Policy debate, Inlcusion (urban youth, other disadvantaged groups), Public Space for Civil Society/Democratisation
Grant: European Commission: Investing in People and Eastern Partnership Culture Programme
SPACES Activity clusters
- The SPACES Caravan: At a rhythm of 6 months SPACES hosted a caravan, each time at another partner country, combining theoretical debate, practical in situ arts events and participatory approaches. The in situ art events in public space served as testing fields.
- Mapping: Arts and culture maps of selected neighbourhoods or particular spaces in the towns that could be interesting for art and culture events (underground passages, vacant industrial spaces, temporarily abandoned buildings or spaces etc).
- Social research: qualitative social research accompanied the SPACES arts events
- Virtual spaces/ pool of knowledge/ good practice documentation: The virtual space including a WebTV documents artistic activities in public space. In the region, it served as an “exchange academy” and communicated results and experiences from SPACES to other artistic groups and individuals.
- School of missing studies: Workshops and trainings for the art and culture scene in the countries of action.
- SPACES artist in residence programmes in Chisinau, Yerevan, Tbilsi and Kyiv, focused on the potential of public space for art
- Documentary Film “SPACES”: this documentary film closed the gap regarding arts, culture and pioneering action in the region.
The SPACES partnership
SPACES partners in the region are local NGOs/CSOs operating in the art and culture field. Their experiences ranged from mapping of public spaces and holding artist in residence programmes (Oberliht/Moldova) to recuperating unusual spaces for art and culture events (GeoAIR/Georgia) to creating virtual spaces (utopiana.am, Armenia), and developing educational programmes on arts and social processes (FCCA Ukraine).
The partner from Croatia / Slobodne Veze focused on cultural policy and advocacy; and cultural management.
The coordinator Oikodrom is specialised on the social appropriation of public urban space in theory and practice and has coordinated large intercultural cooperation projects in China, Syria, Morocco etc.
This project is funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programm.
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