From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture
The Royal College of Art
Total project grant (euros)
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2021
Number of partners in project
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Portugal
Vilniaus Dailes Akademija, Lithuania
The Royal College of Art, UK
Savvy Contemporary e.V, Germany
Museet For Samtidskunst, Denmark
Stiftelsen Tensta Konsthall, Sweden
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, France
Fundacio Privada Antoni Tapies, Spain
From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture (4Cs) aims to explore how art, culture and creativity can constitute powerful resources to promote a critical reflection about emerging forms of conflict, as well as to envision creative ways to deal with and defuse conflictual phenomena affecting today’s Europe through activities that promote the development of audiences and stimulate capacity building within training and education. After decades of institutional efforts to foster European identity, Europe is becoming a space of uncertainty and unrest.
In face of current challenges, such as living together in an intercultural and transnational present, Europe cannot exist without recognising the presence of others. Conviviality is then of utmost importance in promoting understanding and interaction. 4Cs activities will promote intercultural dialogue and bring communities together through art and culture in shared public spaces, helping towards conflict prevention and reconciliation. Activities and outputs of 4Cs will offer the participants the opportunity to acquire new academic and professional skills in a context marked by cultural and linguistic diversity.The combination of theory and practice in artistic, creative, training and education activities will allow the development and transference of skills in a fruitful dialogue between researchers and practitioners while developing audiences and good creative practices.
The activities range from Residencies; Workshops; Mediation Labs; Conferences; Summer School; Multi-Chapter Exhibition; Itinerary Film Programme; and an Online Platform. The inclusion of refugees and migrants will be encouraged through participation and co-creation. Devising activities informed by the latest theoretical developments in conflict and intercultural dialogue, 4Cs will shape the reflection on the topics at hand contributing both to audience development and to capacity building / training and education while stimulating European cultural production and conviviality in a moment of conflict.
Image: Taken by Jasmijn Visser on a research visit to the Falklands/Islas Malvinas for her publication ‘Conflict Atlas: Geopolitics and Contingencies’ © Jasmijn Visser