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Residency project final seminar

Should a project happen if a community hasn’t asked for it?

How can we honestly measure the success of a community arts project?

These are just two of the questions discussed at RESIDENCY: A seminar exploring Community Arts Residencies in the European context.

On 17th September 2015, over 50 people attended the final seminar of the Residency project, supported by the EU Lifelong Learning programme. Delegates included community members, arts practitioners, policy makers and academics working at a local, regional and national and international level.

The event was held at B Arts, a new space in Stoke-on-Trent, and began with a thought-provoking key note by Hilary Hughes from B Arts on the skills artists need to work alongside communities and the most effective way of gaining those skills.

During an Open Space activity, discussion was lively and inspired and informed by the morning’s presentations from each of the three artists residencies that formed the backbone of the Residency project. We heard from colleagues in Barcelona, Stoke-on-Trent and Warsaw about the context, successes and learnings from their residencies and the legacy of civic engagement that the activities left.

The seminar ended with the launch of the Residency toolkit, a useful resource both communities and artists working in civic engagement. The toolkit itself was developed through a process of action research and contains a mix of practical resources and case studies for those planning an artists residency.

Seminar presentations

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RESIDENCY: A Seminar Exploring Community Arts Residencies In The European Context

This week ( 16 September 2015) we are inviting partners, friends and participants involved in The Residency project to come together to learn from each other’s experiences and to celebrate the launch of the Residency Toolkit.

This event is an exciting opportunity to find out more about what makes a community arts residency work and how arts and creative tools can be used to promote participation and civic engagement.

The project teams from all three countries will share their projects and there will opportunities to learn about the benefits of this way of working and why it is an exciting way to promote empowerment and participation. We will be discussing some of the key concepts that have supported the residencies and the challenges they had to overcome in each country context.

As part of the Seminar participants will have a chance to meet the project teams and discuss ideas and experiences. One of the key questions for the project has been how artists and community members gain appropriate training and support for developing arts projects that promote civic engagement. As part of the event we will be launching the Residency Toolkit, a practical guide for supporting community arts residencies. Everyone attending the Seminar will receive a copy of the Toolkit in return for agreeing to test it out in their communities or on their projects.

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Test drive our website!

Hi all,

We would be grateful if you would consider visiting the Residency website and having a look at it in its developmental stage.

Some initial documents have been included but over the summer we plan to upload more information, templates and links.

Please can you help us by completing a very short on-line survey to give us some ideas for things you would want to see included in the toolkit and anything you would like improved which we already have on the website.

Thanks a million! The Residency Team

https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_ePq2tVpUb1GqrPv

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‘Podwórkówka’

Week 8  Friday 12.06.

‘Podwórkówka’ from 6pm

Our residency is coming to an end. We wanted to bring everyone together in the place where we had spent most days over the last 8 weeks and celebrate all the new acquaintances and friendships, the conversations and time spent together. The initial idea of a ‘simple’ grill party with food and music was quickly extended. Together with the team, people from the Partnership, Świetlica, local inhabitants and Daniel from the scout’s ‘evening acitivity place for teenagers’ we made a plan of action for the evening. On the list of attractions are:

Official opening of the ‘Transmitting Station’ (with the new planters), music, grill with lots of sausages, slide show of the residency process in the darker forest area of the yard, trampolin, book swap table (suggested and organised by local inhabitants), buffet with everyone’s contribution from the ‘coś za coś’ flower/plant swap activity the week before, badminton, boule, Paul’s photo activity (participatory re-enacting scenes taken from Wola archive photos), local photo competition ‘What’s interesting in Gibalskiego St’….

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Mrs Basia and Mrs Marysia (left) from the senior’s club are the first time in the yard.

Thank you Dorota Gorczyca-Woźniak for the beautiful photos. Here are some more: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204281297128788&set=a.10204281291448646.1073742081.1119287530&type=1&theater

Reflection. The whole evening was very moving. A lot of people turned up to join us. The planned activites were successful and the athmosphere was very heartwarming and friendly. People were sitting down by the newly planted flowers at our ‘Transmitting Station’ or were reading the personal stories that were ‘transmitted’. Even the ‘private bench’ was activated by its owner and friends who were happily joining the event from a distance, coming over once  in a while for another sausage. A lot of children were enjoying the trampolin, badminton, boule while other children and adults were happy to join Paul’s photo re-enactment activity. Some who hadn’t been around during the construction of the steps watched the slides of the making workshop. IMG_9188 KopieWe met Janek of the spanish team who had just finished their residency in Barcelona. We had a chance to discuss the different settings and communities our projects were based in and exchange ideas and reflections from the residency. The Podwórkówka was a great way to sum up everything that we tried to make happen during our residency over the last intensive weeks in the yard. Speculating on the resonance of the residency and its aim to motivate civic engangement we see the event as an important starting point for future positive interaction and change. When at 21.45 the most amazing thunderstorm started to perform and a heavy summer rain soaked us when we had just cleared the square, everyone left smiling and with positive memories. Positive energy for the neighbours’ next podwórko action, we hope!

Sadly, next time (probably) without us. We are very thankful to having been able to meet so many genuinly amazing people and hope to stay in touch and visit everyone soon!

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planter construction

Week 8     9th – 12th June

As a last construction during this residency we are in the yard building 4 planters into the base of two ‘Transmitting Station’ posts. Again, found materials/old furniture pieces are used for the planter walls, recycled banner material for waterproofing on the inside.

The idea for the planters originated from the stories many people told us about the past history of the square when there was an area with roses. Many people had mentioned the lack of flowerbeds as a sign of lack of care and general deterioration of the yard and as they told us not much was possible to change. With the Transmitting station along with transmitting personal stories of important places outside of the square, we found an excuse to provide a place to sit and raised flowerbeds. During the 3 days many of the children from the yard and some new people came along to help construct. Again interesting conversations were possible through our everyday presence on the yard and we were able to advertise the planned ‘Podwórkówka’on Friday. On Thursday some people came to deliver their promised exchange goods in form of a cake, cupcakes and soft drinks for Friday’s event. They said they wouldn’t be able to make it to the event themselves, but wanted to bring what they had declared as exchange for the plant. Two women planted their own plants in one of the planters and promise to water them.

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week 8 – study visit

Our residency is over and we’re back in Poland. We met plattformer Nina in Warsaw and went to the English team’s final party.

During our last week in Barcelona we were busy preparing for the study visit. We created an exhibition telling about our project, the history of Germanetes and participatory art.

Participants of the study visit planted seedlings signed with their names in the Germanetes’ garden. They also wrote messages on pieces of the old monastery floor which we managed to save weeks before. We want them to be used as floortiles in the planned outdoor kitchen.

The visit’s main event was arranged as an all day series of workshops, discussions, debates and meetings with many differet organizations, groups and people involved in participatory art.  Then there was the epic Troyan Horse show, t-shirt making workshops, watermelon soup, singing, dancing and no sleep.

Here’s a bunch of pictures from the study visit.

 

 

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the troyan horse show

 

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watermelon soup!

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writing messages on the remains of the monastery’s stone floor

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t-shirts making workshop

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exhibition

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bodypainting

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horsepainting

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presenting the residency

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final debate





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‘Coś za coś’

Week 7   02.06.- 03.06.2015

‘Something for something’ – a neighbour exchange experiment

start: Tuesday 02.06.2016, 18.00 – 20.30

where: in the courtyard Gibalskiego 2-10 / Okopowa

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We decide to organise a ‘Podwórkówka’, an evening courtyard bbq event at the end of the residency. Rather than us preparing and providing everything, we want to try and get the local people involved in the process. For two evenings this week we hand out plants and ask for/ suggest something they could offer in return. With this ‘exchange’ we hope to engage people more in their local neighbourhood and in the things that are happening (and could happen) in their courtyard.

Proposed exchanges were for example:

1 herb plant (mint, bazil, oregano) in exchange for a cake or another dish for the ‘Podwórkówka’ or helping with the organisation of the event

1 Aksamitka/Tagetes in exchange for 2.5l compost for the planters (which are to be built as part of the ‘transmitting station’ during the following week) or another plant for the planter

1 Sanvitalia in exchange for fruits or vegetables for the event or bringing a neighbour to the ‘Podwórkówka’ or coming with your own chair or an idea for personal involvement at the ‘Podwórkówka’ (for example photo documentation) ….IMG_9010 copy IMG_9015 copyKarol offers to document the ‘courtyard party’ in exchange for his mint.

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11406977_10204239156915309_668432762995955612_nIMG_9028 copyIMG_9030 copy IMG_9026 copyIMG_9120At the end of the second day we are surprised. We didn’t expect such a good turn out. Altogether we collected around 70 exchanges that were written down on a list we left hanging on the steps. Most of them were to do with bringing food or drinks for the ‘Podwórkówka’ next week. We also received a bag full of earth for the planned planters that we plan to built into the ‘Transmitting Station’ by the end of next week. Some people were asking how we were going to make sure people would bring what they said and we answered that it worked on trust only and that we’d trust them. The activity lent itself to advertise the event in itself. We were happy we met again new people from the neighbourhood and were able to tell them about the residency and invite them to next weeks’ courtyard party.

Meanwhile, the ‘Transmitting station’ in the centre of the courtyard is growing. We manage to write down and collect more personal stories during the ‘neighbourhood exchange’ action. Thanks to our keen helpers the wooden structure gets its first protective coat!11109291_1603083646599234_6565208020295856285_nAndrzej, Zuza, Bąbel i Wiktoria

 

 

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‘Stacja Nadawcza’

Week 6    25.-31.05.2015

Our second construction in the courtyard Gibalskiego 2-10 / Okopowa is growing. More information soon!

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5th week trainee

14th – 21st of may 2015

We are planning an activity with children from a splai around Germanetes. The idea is to put some plants besides the trees to make the streets in the neighbourhood a nicer place through games. Twenty children from seven to eleven years came to Germanetes on saturday 16th to do the activity. We all have fun preparing the activity. While doing it some neighbours came and ask about what we were doing, showing us interest about it and being grateful to us for doing that.

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‘Stacja Nadawcza’ – construction

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Together with the team we decided to continue our project on the ‘podwórko’ (courtyard) Okopowa / Gibalskiego 2-10.

Rather than moving to a different area we decided that it could be very interesting to do further action within the same yard and to deepen our relationship with the people who live there. During the process of making and interacting with ‘the steps’ we spoke to many people and heard a lot of interesting stories about the area, the courtyard and its past live. If felt there was a general negative image of the courtyard in comparison to how it was before. A few people mentioned a playground that had deteriorated and been taken away, there had been a rose bed, a sand pit and benches. Commonly people mentioned that nothing was possible to do now, because even if something was put back in place, no one would look after it and it would be quickly destroyed….

We thought it would be interesting to make these individual stories visible for other people. At the same time we wanted to do some more construction within the square, which meant being visibly active and able to talk to passers-by. One of our self-set tasks was to find out ‘what is possible here?’ The idea of the ‘transmitting station’ (stacja nadawcza) was born.

The stacja nadawcza is made from 7 wooden post/pylon structures that are connected by collected personal stories, handwritten on recycled banner material. We asked people from the square to tell us a personal story which describes a place of importance for them. Usually these places were outside of the square, outside of the city or from a past time. In this way personal feelings and atmospheres from outside of the courtyard were made visible and accessible on the ‘transmitting station’ inside the courtyard.

An intended side effect from stabilising the ‘transmitting posts’ was again a place to sit (without calling it a bench) and space for raised planter.

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week 7 – Preparations for the study visit

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While continuing work on the Garden modules, we keep on leading workshops. Their goal is to bring neighbours together and encourage them to visit Germanetes.

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‘Stacja Nadawcza’ announcement

Week 5  19.05.2015

The study visit was great and went really quickly. Now we need full concentration to announce, design, plan and prepare the upcoming construction project in the courtyard. We decide to not run an official workshop for this one.

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week 6 in Barcelona

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This week we were using the Mobile garden to lead workshops for childrena and for elderly people.

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‘Schody’ in action

Week 4 Wednesday 13th May

IMG_8564 copy IMG_8567 copy‘Portrait on the steps’ session.We decide to start in the early evening to try make contact with people who would come back from work at that time. Explaining our project and the residency and offering to take and send them their portrait, we are surprised how many people are happy to join in (mainly thanks to Zuza’s excellent communication skills!). Among others we photographed Agnieszka, Kacper, Xawery, Maja, Pola, p. Marcin i Kacper, Kuba, Oliwia, Nikola, Ola, Daria, Iza i Adam,Romuald, Monika, Paweł, Wiktoria, Bąbel, Maciej, Zofia, Kazio i Bartek, p. Albert, Paul, Rafał, p. Zdzisław, p. Marek i Amanda.

Click on photo for more:schodyportret_Amongst other courtyard stories we meet the man who owns the ‘private bench’ and hear that it will be placed (and locked) outside his staircase in the summer season, so very soon….

 

 

 

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3rd week trainee

Getting ready for the farmer market!

This week I helped to prepared the little plants, putting them on recicle pots to give them to the people who accepted to look after them. I added a label to each plant with information about Germanetes and the project.

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2nd week trainee

Many things are happening this second week!

Many things are happening this week. The space is constantly changing! We make the first activity for children on St. George day. It was very good and there were lots of children. We had to change the activity on the last moment because some operators were working with machines at the ground. This was not expected… but we could change it at time! We made a ball and put inside some seeds. Our hands ended up very dirty, but it was funny to see lots of people with dirty hands! After doing the ball, we went to the park just close to Germanetes where we did a dragon with some rope, and children where ready to give the seeds ball to the dragon!

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week 5 – huerto movil

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The mobile garden is almost ready! We spent the last week on designing 5 modules made from recycled materials. We used what we could find, mostly old wood, plastic fruit crates and pallets.

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Cemetery Excursion

week 3   Thursday 7th May

After another meeting and conversations with the seniors at the ‘Klub Złotego Wieku’, Pani Jadwiga, Pani Marysia and Pan Władysław take Agnieszka and me on a spontaneous excursion to Cmentarz Wolski (Wola Cemetary) and Cmentarz Powstańców Warszawy (Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery). While walking through the cemetery we meet Pawel, a local grave digger, who recognises us as ‘the international team who constructed the steps (‘Schody’) in his backyard’. 10420226_1593436924230573_1443171508860848990_n IMG_8473  IMG_8459 copy IMG_8468 copy

 

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‘Schody’ in the courtyard

Week 3    Wednesday 6th May

Together with children from Świetlica we test the steps (‘Schody’) in different locations within the courtyard. The children are singing, sitting, climbing and writing possible further uses for ‘schody’ onto the paved area. Again we use the chance to introduce the Plattformer residency to curious parents, dog walkers and passers by. IMG_8375IMG_8358 IMG_8354 IMG_8361IMG_8337

It is the first time we want to leave the steps outside. Finally we decide to install (strap them together with cable ties) and leave them within the paved area of the yard, where they are most visible.
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Meeting at the ‘Golden Age Club’ and Choir Rehearsal

Week 3  Tuesday 5th May

With Zofia and Agnieszka meeting with a small group of seniors at the ‘Klub Złotego Wieku’ (Golden Age Club) on Młynarska Street 35A. Over a cup of tea we find out more about the local history and people’s personal stories. Most of them used to work in one of the factories situated in the Wola area. Among others those were the radio works ‘Kasprzak’, the ‘Rosa Luxemburg’ factory (producing light bulbs) and the ‘Wola’ dairy plant (now ‘Danone’). We also talked about pre-war Wola, about the Uprising, about non-existent places and buildings, about the bazar ‘Karcelak’ and the nearby fairground. Pani Basia promised to bring old photos for our next meeting.11212776_1592585207649078_3752435130689112993_nIMG_8426

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week 4 – planting seeds

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The geodome may be Germanete’s most recognizable element, but it is the garden that integrates the community. Everything here seems to revolve around it. Almost every day crops are picked, cooked, replanted. Last week a DIY grill was built from an old steel barrel as an addition to the garden. There are plans to build a masonry oven. The only problem is that there is no space to expand with the garden. Together with the community we decided that the garden should bocome Germante’s symbol.

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1st week trainning

The beginning of the project!

I was so excited when I received the mail confirming that I were selected to be part of the community art project Recreart! Next day I meet Anka and Janet (artist from Polonia) with Silvia (from the UB) in a friendly way, and they explained to me their ideas and motivation for the project.

I spend the first week meeting people from Germanetes, knowing the space and participating in the general assamblea, where Anka and Janek introduced the project, the activities and ideas they have been thinking about. They did it with an original presentation presented in a big cardboard!

So, after a few meetings with the people from the university, the ones from Germanetes and our artists from Polonia, I am now working on the first activity to do on Thursday 23th, called “combat el drac!”, which is related with the day of Sant Jordi, and its history.

Our little “art” team met last saturday 18th to talked about the organization of the workshop and to distribute all the task. We accorded how to do the activity, which consist on preparing seeds bombs that will be throw in the 5000 space, from a big door, without getting into the space. The activity is directed to children, so we created a poster and spreaded it to different schools around the neighbourhood.

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‘Schody’

week 2       27.04. – 03.05.2015

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To announce our presence in the neighbourhood we decide to plan our first intervention for week two: a participatory construction of an object in the courtyard of Gibalskiego 2-10 and Okopowa Street. The courtyard in our opinion has great potential for improvement and has a very local existing group we want to involve – the children from ‘swietlica’(after school club).

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News from the UK team!

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We are really pleased to announce that Cathie Powell-Davies our UK Residency local artist has teamed up with Staffordshire Universities’ Janet Hetherington to secure funding to continue working at St Quentin’s Residential home. ‘Art on the Timetable’ is an exciting new project funded by Staffordshire County Council which will be led by Cathie and will take the form of a series of workshops.

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week 3 in BCA

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After 2 weeks we think we finally know what’s going on here. The community is not as single minded as we thought. Some people want the authorities to build a school at 5000, others would like it to become a community garden. We met one person who would like to see everything turned into tennis courts.

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First week in Młynów

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During this week we had individual meetings with all the representatives of Partnership’s organisations. We were guests of the Social Welfare Center of Wola on Bema street, the Municipality Office of Wola district, the Workshop of Therapy by Activity, the Senior’s Club “Klub Złotego Wieku“, the Municipal Police and Children from a former GPAS group nearby. We had conversations about our further cooperation and their engagement in future actions by Plattformer in Młynów. Each day we had some walks around Młynów in search of ideas for activities.

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Plattformer in Młynów – first meeting with the partnership

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It was the first meeting the Plattformer collective  with the Partnership “Młyn na Woli” and with Młynów at all. The meeting took place in “Świetliki” the after school club on Gibalskiego street and  almost all the partnership organisations were present there. After their presentation Nina and Tim told more about the activities of the Plattformer collective, on how they engage the people from various communities, about ways to adapt unused places and re-evaluating the original meaning of these places.

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Plattformer in Młynów

Week1    20-26.05.2015

Gibalskiego Street

We are very excited! Finally we start our two months residency in Młynów in Wola / Warszawa / Poland. Out of the Plattformer collective I will be the resident artist for the whole duration of the program with Tim Mitchell joining me for our initial meetings and developing the first action. It is then planned that he will join again for a secondary activity mid May.

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week 2 – dragon blood

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A dynamic situation

This week the situation at 5000 started changing rapidly. Heavy machinery appeared and started removing stones and rubble. The workers should leave after levelling the site. The local authorities refused to inform us about their plans for the next few weeks. We know that most of the site will eventually be built-up by two social apartment buildings and a school. Only a narrow green passage with a small garden will be left open for public use.

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week 1 – first impressions

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We’re Anka and Janek from mech.build. We came to Barcelona last tuesday. For the next two months we’ll be working as artistic residents with the University of Barcelona and the local community of Espai Germanetes.

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How to include excluded groups in Barcelona context

At the beginning of the month of September Germanetes was selected as the host organization. We don’t have a written document with this decision, but we have a e-mail chain that we have been using to settle team meetings and the follow ups of the different activities. In the workteam established by the Host organization participate:

  • Laia Ferragut
  • Adam Gawron
  • Roger Pujol
  • Guillermo Rojo
  • Georgina Rosell
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How did we chose Barcelona host organization

One of the objectives was establish a collaboration base with the network Artibarri , the Residency project was proposed on the ordinary assemble from this network, this one served for presenting the project and identify the first opportunities of collaborative work – open a call to let groups – projects, show them interest in host participatory-art Residency. This assemble was on 15th January 2014.

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Investigation with excluded groups (Barcelona context)

The steps followed to identify the experiences, proceed and excluded groups that could benefit from the implementation of an art positive residence, started by an initial mapping. This served for the identification from the principals stakeholders, namely, art and cultural institutions, foundations, networks and other stakeholders in the region of Catalonia, and in particular in the city of Barcelona.

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Call for UK Artists

Deadline for applications extended to 12:00 pm Friday 27th February 2015

COMMUNITY ARTS RESIDENCY IN WARSAW (POLAND)
20th of APRIL – 14th of JUNE 2015

The deadline for applications has now passed

Call for UK Artists – Full details

Residency is an opportunity to deliver an 8-week community arts project in the Wola district of Warsaw (Poland) in cooperation with local Partnership “Młynów na Woli” (Mill in the Wola district).

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Week 8: Final thoughts

Our final week was dominated by setting up the ‘Me, Us, Community’ exhibition in the university’s Uniqube gallery.  Alongside this, the U.K. Residency Team hosted a study week trip and welcomed visitors from Poland and Spain as well as local artists.

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Week 7: Preparing for the exhibition

The penultimate week of Me, Us, Community is here and we are left wondering where the time has gone!  Not much time to sit and think though, its full steam ahead as we prepare for the final exhibition.

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Week 6: What are the positive things about growing older?

This week we were invited to spend a morning with LASS the Longton based Ladies Self Support group.  They are a self-organised, self-run group for ladies of all ages who meet once a week with the aim of supporting each other through mental health issues and concerns.

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Week 5: The true meaning of beauty; at any age

It seems that seeing yourself at 90 is hard.  I can understand this, a sneaky grey hair or laughter line staring back at me from holiday snaps is hard enough at 37.  It seems that asking ‘is that me?  Is that really what I look like?’ is a standard response at any age.  We showed our participants at St Quentin’s some of the portraits taken of them last week and got mixed responses.

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Week 4: ‘Keep on Drawing’ (Cathie)

The first part of week four was spent at the Cambrian Care Hotel with a retired architect, prolific drawer, stroke patient and proud father.  He is a delight to speak to and despite the frustration of his speech difficulties and memory loss he speaks with passion about his love of architecture, Le Corbusier, Brutalism and the Barbican, Japanese art and abstract ink drawings.

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Do you have a question for someone aged 80 and over?

Do you have a question for someone aged 80 and over? Week 5 Me, US, Community!

Last week Me, Us, Community! in St Quentin Residential Home focused in answering some of the questions that people willing to take part in the project has sent to us via Facebook. This questions were, among others:

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Week 4: Creating synergies, creating community!! (Almudena)

This week there has-been many things going on in Me, Us Community !

As our aim is to raise civic engagement we would like to have some artistic communication going on among the various Stoke-on-Trent community groups that are invilved in Residency. Therefore this week we have approached Mail Art in our session at Cambrian Care-Hotel.

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Week 3: Poppies and Pictures

Week three and I feel like we are really starting to get to know our project participants.  We start the week at St Quentin’s and use recording equipment for the first time.  Everyone is happy to share their memories on ‘tape’ and we quickly get on to the topic of Armistice Day as we introduce our paper poppy activity. 

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Week 2: Me Us Community

Second week of the UK Residency Project which has been given the exciting new official title ‘Me, Us, Community’.  Things are really starting to take shape in week two as we start our first sessions at St Quentin’s and The Cambrian, meeting and working with the residents and staff in our introductory workshops. 

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Introducing: Anne Carter- Activities Coordinator St Quentin’s

Well it’s taken this project to bring me my first blog!

I’ve been with the residents of St Quentin Residential Home for many years, doing art and craft sessions. This project has been a joy to support. Cathie and Almudena have been brought a new depth to sessions as there has been lots of time for listening and for the residents to reminisce.

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Week 1: UK Residency Project (Cathie)

Hi, I’m Cathie Powell Davies and I’m thrilled to be part of the UK Residency Project.  It marks the beginning of a new chapter for me as I embark on a career as a fully self-employed artist.  Not only is it exciting for me personally but it is already shaping up to be an interesting and rewarding project which will benefit a wide spectrum of people.

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Week 1: Me, Us, Community! (Almudena)

The past week Cathie and myself started the first week of Me, Us, Community!! in Cambrian Care-Hotel and St. Quentin’s Residential Home. It is been a very exciting and fullfilling week since we have got to know all the people we will working with over the next six weeks.

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Residency first post! (Almudena)

The past few days have been very exciting. We have started RESIDENCY project! For me that as the artist in residence it meant travelling from the heart of Madrid to the unkwon Stoke-on-Trent.

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Opportunity for a Community Artist

“Residency”- an opportunity for a Polish or Spanish Visual Artist to deliver an 8- week community arts project in 2 care settings for older people in North Staffordshire, UK (October –November, 2014).

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