Two artists from Bulgaria Make Art that Matters!
Training for creative practitioners, 12 – 18 April 2021 related to the European project School of Participation for creative practitioners interested in art as an act of creative activism and a tool for social change led by Shock Co-operative /MMC Led Art (Serbia) with Walk the Plank (UK).
Art as protest! Creative activism! Art for social change!
25 creative practitioners from across Europe will explore the value of creative activism and will learn new skills – artistic and organisational skills – to help make work that makes an impact.
Artists and activists will explore radical approaches to make art in public space - the School will offer an intensive week of inspiration, hot debate, and artistic action.
Artists from MMC Led Art will work with the participants on the powerful role of artistic interventions and performances for social change. “We will focus on how to protest against biological/ecological threats, or a repressive political regime, or injustice with artistic means”
This School will bring Serbian artists and activists together with international practitioners to explore socially engaged arts practice. It will involve ‘learning by doing' with an opportunity to put ideas into practice, as the international artists will participate online. The first online meeting will start on 6th of April as a preliminary part of the learning process.
The facilitators will demonstrate how political and ecological activism drives a wealth of collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art. With strong case studies that includes Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav artistic practices, we will present performance art as an engaged medium and shed light on its role of making in grassroots movements for social change.
Because social change is about making art that matters!
The School of Participation is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and led by Walk the Plank. With international partners Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria; Novi Sad 2022, Serbia; uniT Graz – University of Graz, Austria; Kaunas 2022, Lithuania; Coventry 2021, UK; and associate partners Limerick City & County Council, Ireland; aRe, Yerevan, Armenia; Tartu 2024, Estonia and Veszprem 2023, Hungary.