Contested Desires

D6 Culture Ltd

Cooperation Projects

England

2019

Total project grant (euros)

199,937

Sub-programme

Culture

Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 34/2018

Location

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Number of partners in project

5

Lead organisation

D6 Culture Ltd

Partners

Associació Promotora Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison, Spain

Eccom Centro Europeo Per L'organizzazione E Il Management Culturale, Italy

LAC - Laboratório de Actividades Criativas, Associação Cultural, Portugal

Xarkis LTD,Cyprus

CONTESTED DESIRES uses contemporary visual arts as a tool to explore our shared colonial histories and the impact this has had on our understanding of European Culture. CONTESTED DESIRES is a platform for discussion and learning, production and exhibition, revealing the complex and deep-rooted reverberations of colonisation, occupation and annexation. CONTESTED DESIRES uncovers the untold markers of identity and belonging, and the contesting desires that define and redefine our heritage.

Through transnational co-operation between artists and cultural managers within and outside Europe CONTESTED DESIRES will increase understanding of our shared colonial heritage, improve and grow the capacity of artists and cultural operators within and beyond the project and promote greater intercultural dialogue between local and international artists and audiences. CONTESTED DESIRES represents countries whose history and culture has been shaped by colonisation and includes a heritage training expert. Each partner is well-networked nationally and internationally and positioned to deliver an outstanding programme.

The programme includes: Residencies for 9 artists in each country; it includes an Artist Film Programme from a global call out to reach beyond the geographies of the partners; exhibitions in Portugal, UK and Spain and a festival in Cyprus. An integrated capacity building programme for the artists, managers and local stakeholders frames CONTESTED DESIRES and digital training extends the participants’ skills to create a hybrid and experimental digital platform to extend the project’s creative potential and audience reach.

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