We launch a new collaborative project BE PART

BEPART is a new cooperation that will critically explore the politics and practices of participation in the arts and beyond, towards a redefinition of the ethics and the notion of participation. From collaborative art-making and sharing to decentralized governance models involving local citizens, artists and policy-makers, BEPART sets out to collectively foster new approaches to and structures for co-creation.

The 4 year project is made by 10 EU and non-EU organisations:
Santarcangelo dei Teatri (Italy), Artsadmin (UK), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (UK), Vooruit (Belgium), KIASMA / URB Festival (Finland), New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Festival de Marseille (France), City of Women (Slovenia), L’Art Rue (Tunisia) and Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland).

BEPART will develop through several fieldworks: process oriented artistic projects  that engage co-creators in their making, hosted by partners in their localities. Processes will then be presented by other network partners, which will host artists and co-creators to enable exchange and mobility of people and ideas.

Throughout the project, we will explore four relevant and interconnected themes across all locations: power, politics, publics and place. Through a series of co-devised public events, in the form of Assemblies, we will open up the thinking, ideas, tensions and processes explored through BE PART.

The Assemblies will be organised:
In 2021 in Aberdeenshire at Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Scotland)
In 2021 in Ljubljana during City of Women (Slovenia)
In 2022 in Ghent during Openbare Werken Festival / Vooruit (Belgium)
In 2023 in Riga during Homo Novus Festival (Latvia) which will also be a final symposium to collect learnings and sense making of the entire 4 year process.

The entire process, its collective organising, reflections and actions, are developed in alliance with a nucleus of 4 artists and researchers: Roland Gunst (BE/SA), Marwa Arsanios (DE), Lotte van den Berg (NL) and Fanny Robles (FR). They will support the shift in how each organisation, and in turn policy, is created in this area. The overall project will be evaluated regularly through a process of applied research by Dr. Sophie Hope (UK) and Henry Mulhal (UK).

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