European Outdoor Arts Academy: School of Participation

Coventry City of Culture Trust

Cooperation Projects

England

2019

Total project grant (euros)

195,000

Sub-programme

Culture

Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 34/2018

Location

Coventry, UK

Number of partners in project

6

Lead organisation

Walk The Plank, UK

Partners

Fondacija Novi Sad 2021 - Evropskaprestonica Kulture, Russia

Kaunas 2022, Lithuania

Obstinska Fondatsia Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria

uniT - Verein für Kultur an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

European Outdoor Arts Academy will deliver five ‘School of Participation’ 8 day training sessions to production schools in five partner cities between 2019 and 2020. Each school will bring together creative practitioners together from 10 partner cities, to gain new skills and experience in co-creating an outdoor participatory arts event. All sessions will be delivered by a team of outdoor arts experts drawn from across the core partnership and will result in collaboration with 20 local community participants in each host city to deliver an outdoor participatory arts event to the public.

The programme will underpin the development of a transnational talent pool in European participatory creative practice and contribute to the strengthening of participants’ creative careers. It provides a practical opportunity to build capacity and create a programme of “action learning” for cultural organisations and practitioners in cities who have, plan to or are building delivery of European Capital of Culture or similar major cultural programmes.

The project will serve to grow sustainable outdoor participatory arts capacity in small to medium sized, culturally engaged European cities. It will also exchange models of audience engagement through participatory practice in public space. Learning will be shared across the European Capitals of Culture network and beyond.

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