BE PART

Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Scotland UK

Cooperation Projects

Scotland

2019

Total project grant (euros)

1,448,000

Sub-programme

Culture

Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 34/2018

Location

Lumsden, Aberdeenshire

Number of partners in project

10

Lead organisation

Santarcangelo Dei Teatri, Italy

Partners

Artsadmin LBG, England UK

A Sense Of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Company, Ireland

Association Festival De Marseille, France

Kansallisgalleria, Finland

Kunstencentrum Vooruit VZW, Belgium

L'Art Rue, Tunisia

Latvijas Jauna Teatra Instituts, Latvia

Mesto Zensk, Drustvo Za Promocijo Zensk V Kulturi, Slovenia

BE PART is a 4-year audience and organisational development project in the field of participatory art practices. BE PART sets out to create a European network of co-authors, supported by artists and organisations to collectively foster new approaches and structures for the co-creation and mobility of artworks. BE PART is a practical and critical exploration of collaborative art-making and sharing. It goes beyond defining multiple communities as ‘participants’ proposing them as co-authors of the artistic processes with specific knowledge and experience to share. Activities will be developed in collaboration with local citizens involved as co-authors.

The core activities are:
- fieldwork on participatory art practices, including artists residencies with accompanying public events & workshops;
- a critical network giving an analytical overview of the whole project;
- 4 international assemblies as large-scale public gatherings focusing on 4 key topics (POWER, POLITICS, PLACE, PUBLICS) & collaboratively delivered by multiple communities;
- 10 public programmes as part of larger festivals, enabling local and international audience development and transnational mobility;
- An international symposium event to place BE PART outcomes into the broader performing arts theory & discourse of the 21st Century.

BE PART will result in a guide to the ethics and economics of socially-engaged practice which will take the form of a series of questions, acknowledging the unique context created when a community, artist and organisations come together. It will contribute to our wider understanding of current socio-political situations facing various precarious communities and artists and enable partners to develop long term changes in how they work and who they work with.

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