Call for Artists: Novi Sad 2022: Making Art that Matters! | training for creative practitioners, 12 – 18 April 2021

Training 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!

Are you interested in working with other creative practitioners from across Europe to explore the value of creative activism? And learning new skills – artistic and organisational skills – to help you make work that makes an impact?

Artist or activist, if you are interested in exploring radical approaches to making art in public space, this 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, either as part of the School in Novi Sad, if travel is permitted, or in your own city if you can only join online.

We hope that 25 people will be able to come together in Novi Sad to explore ideas, undertake a collective action inspired by your own passion and politics, and extend your own European cultural network.

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!

Who can take part in this Call for Artists?
You may have trained in creative arts…you may already be involved in environmental/political activism or radical cultural activities…you may be a teacher, artist, scientist, activist, volunteer…you (who live and/or work in Bulgaria) will be welcome.

How many people from Bulgaria will take part?
Novi Sad 2022 will host 2 creative people from Bulgaria who have interest in the field.

How to apply:
If you are interested, please send via email your CV and present your action or activity in which you have acted for environmental, political or social injustice utill 14 February 2020, 5:30 pm (EET). The subject of the email should include Call for Artists: School of Participation / Novi Sad 2022, and your name. All participants will be contacted.

Where is the training?
Novi Sad, Serbia. If travel to Serbia is not possible, online elements of the School will begin earlier, in March 2021, so that international participants have a chance to meet the trainers and each other and explore the timetable in advance.

April 12th-18th, 2021


English will be the official language of the training.

There is no participation fee. All costs will be covered.

A Jury from the partners of the project will take the decision.

Confirmation of names of participants by 20 February, 2021.

However, if you have any further question, please write to us at

What people have said about this training:

“I learnt to respect everyone's opinions as a part of co-creation and also, confidence.”

“I have gained many new local contacts that are going to be very important when it comes to general collective actions, as well as for the development of new projects in the community.”

“The information and knowledge delivered …is clearly the result of decades of experience and thoughtful evolution. It was invaluable and would encourage as much exposure to that kind of expertise and work ethic as possible.”

“What impressed me was how the design and planning processes were very democratic. Everyone had a say, all ideas were welcome, and the overall outcome was a result of exchange and co-operation.“

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.




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