Postcards from Home Workshop – April

CUT-OUT ANIMATION WORKSHOP

18.00-20.00 CET (17.00 GMT/ 19.00 EET), FRIDAY 23rd APRIL

Cut-out animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or photographs.

In this workshop, we will learn how to use cut-out objects to bring our Postcards from Home to life, manipulating characters’ movements to walk, jump, crawl and fly. To celebrate all the things we’ve done – or missed – during the pandemic.

You will need a smart phone (or a tablet) for this workshop, and a free version of Stop Motion Studio – the rest will be taught step-by-step during the session. If you are really eager, you can take a peek at tutorials on Stop Motion Studio’s website or user examples on YouTube.

ANDREJA GOETZ is a Slovenian pedagogue and film animator. In 2014 she was a part of the National Film Education Program of the Art Cinema Network of Slovenia delivering over 252 workshops for children throughout Slovenia. She is a co-author of the book “Let’s Animate!”, the first manual for animated film in Slovenia, published by the National Education Institute Slovenia in 2016.

She is an author of several short animated films and the curator of Animetika’s Elephant Programme.

Inspiration

Amateo Award 2021 – open for entries!

Are you making an impact through your creative group?



Dance, theatre, street art and more – all participatory arts projects run by amateur groups across Europe are welcome to enter!

If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, this is the best way to spotlight your achievement!

Get the chance to win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Milan in October 2021. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity far and wide!

AMATEO AWARD 2021 open for entries until 31 May 2021!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Inspiring creative projects that are having a powerful, positive impact on their community!

The culture and creative sector has been severely challenged in recent times. In the year 2020 a lot of projects had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative sector has innovated rapidly, notably with accelerated digitization. We are even more determined now to put the spotlight on all the projects (both live and online) that have found solutions to give participants the chance to be creative, show off what they do and encourage others to take part.

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

Read full Terms & Conditions for Amateo Award.

WHY GET INVOLVED

Completing the short Application Form will not take much time. If you know of other inspiring projects, please share this invitation or encourage them to apply.

The Amateo Award 2021 is an opportunity for you to profile your amateur arts group or creative project to an international audience and, in turn, to make connections with participants, policy makers and funders from across Europe. Previous applicants have also found the Amateo Award gave increased recognition and support at a local level.


Throwback to 2020 Winners

The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020 Amateo Award in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. Read more about last year winner.

Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities

Community Arts practice

SOCIETY

A large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society*

If we consider Europe as a society, we also conclude that within that society there is a wide variety of communities, along and across national borders, defined by geography,  religion, language, traditions, age, social structures, sexual orientation, physical conditions and personal interests. 

COMMUNITY

The people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality*

As individuals, we may be part of several communities. But how do we discover in which communities we can feel at home? How do we develop our identities as part of these communities? And how does our personal identity relate to these different communities and our wider society?

IDENTITY

Who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others*

HOME

Someone’s or something’s place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong*

Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society. Active participation in arts and cultural activities empowers individuals to freely express themselves and can promote cultural cohesion, social inclusion and active citizenship.

* Cambridge Dictionary

COMMUNITY ART

Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community and often involving a professional artist collaborating with people who may not otherwise engage in the arts.’ – Tate Modern

Despite – and in some cases because of – our modern connectivity, we are witnessing a period of rising polarisation, populism and nationalism. Often the focus is on the difference between ‘us’ and the ‘others’ rather than our shared democratic endeavors.

With the uncertainty and insecurity of austerity following the financial crisis, climate crisis, Brexit and the Covid-pandemic, it seems that we retreat to our smaller communities, are less open to other opinions and less tolerant towards other groups in society.

We think making art projects together might help to change this. But how and where to start? 

CONNECT the unexpected

Amateo’s Pioneer Projects three day event, CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organisers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society and how this related to the arts and cultural activity that is already embedded in the fabric of communities to ask:
How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
How do we build bridges between different communities?
And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Join us!

Postcards from Home Workshop – March

Indo-Persian Miniatures WORKSHOP

18.00-20.30 GMT (19.00 CET/ 20.00 EET), MONDAY 1sT MARCH

We celebrate Spring and change in this workshop.

As plants and flowers begin to grow and our environments change, London-based artist Yasmin Hayat guides us through the traditional art-form of Indo-persian miniature painting to create a flowering shrub.

Europe’s culture and creativity has been shaped over centuries by the people and cultures throughout the world, including those for whom it is home: From migratory and trade routes across Eurasia, throughout the middle-east and Africa, to the diasporas of America and Australasia that have joined in the Postcards from Home exchange and workshops. While we’ve been less mobile over the last year, this history of global movement and exchange surrounds us, shaping our lives and local environments.

Yasmin’s work blends traditional and modern forms, which we hope can inspire your reflections on home, as we move from past to future with this new season.

Having shared postcard one ‘Home is…’, and postcard two ‘Home was…’ looking at the different memories or sensations that evoke home. Now is the time to look forward and create your postcard ‘Home will be…‘. Visit the Postcards from Home project page.

Yasmin Hayat

Postcards from Home Workshop – January

PICTURE SONNETS WORKSHOP

18.15-19.30 CET (17.15 GMT / 19.15 EET), THURSDAY 28TH January

Language and images are brought together in this ‘Picture Sonnets’ workshop led by Dutch artist Ted van Lieshout. Ted shares his approach to using images to represent ideas and rhyme structures within his poems and we work together to produce our own, reflecting our shared and differing memories of home.

Having shared postcard one ‘Home is…’, we encourage you to move to postcard two ‘Home was…’ looking at the different memories or sensations that evoke home. Visit the Postcards from Home project page.

New Pioneer Projects Launch

Re-CONNECT 2020 – Amateo’s digital Connect programme that ran 4 – 7 May, to replace the scheduled Brussels workshop (scheduled 20-22 March, before its cancellation due to Covid-19), saw the formation of three pioneer projects, designed to bring together partners and participants across borders, with the help of a 2.5k € pilot budget to develop and deliver their activities.

The Brussels programme would have included a series of interdisciplinary workshops for and led by young people, including folk dance and music (Slovenia led), spoken word (UK led) and performing arts (Germany) and we’re excited to award Pioneer Project funding to partnership representing these art-forms and blending traditional and contemporary creative vocabularies, technologies and themes. The jury of Juliane Lenssen (Das Letzte Kleinod, Germany, former Pioneer Project), Valentina Ducek (Croatia, former Amateo vice-president) and Kate Deans, (Creative Europe Desk UK/Creative Scotland) were impressed by the diversity of ideas and approaches responding to the theme of youth empowerment.

Next Outspoken Generation A spoken work collaboration between VZW Kuumba (BE), Next Generation Speaks (NL); planning a three-day residency and exchange at the beginning of 2021, inviting a mixed group of 16-25 year-olds to create and perform multi-lingual spoken word works (workshops will be conducted in English, producing verse in French, Dutch, English and the other native languages spoken by participants).

PerFANFA, PerFOLK, Perform! (triple P) Initiated and led by young people, from Belgium (FanfaKids), Germany (LABW), Slovenia (Folk Dance Group), with supporting organisations guiding their creative experimentation, sharing and social connections. The team plan to launch an ambassadors project development session in Spring 2021 with the pilot grant, leading to an eight day workshop in Summer, bringing together percussion, folklore dance and physical theatre to devise and perform a collaborative expressive work.

Rebels with a Cause A youth-led online music and video event, encouraging young peoples’ commentary on some of the big issues that the world is facing. Rebels with a Cause has already launched a call for international participation. The project brings together a number of partners across Europe; The House of Activity and Creativity (LT), OMF (NL) Národné osvetové centrum (SK), New Nordic Wave (NL), Noorpool Troupe (NL), VZW Kuumba (BE); to support learning throughout the process and produce collaborative outcomes as part of Make Music Day (21 June) and Make Movie Training.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE

Online Music & Video Event made by Young People


UPDATE: Watch the final video below!


Do you make music or is the camera your best friend? And are you between 12 and 25 years old? Then this is the chance to make yourself heard!


For the international Make Music Day 2020, dozens of young people from six European countries are working together on a very cool and cross-border online project; the film images and the soundtrack for the “Rebels with a Cause” short film. Whether you come from Lithuania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovakia or the Netherlands; together you can speak from your heart!

We would very much like to know what concerns you as a young person. What helps you get through this bizarre time? What are you worried about, or maybe not? What do you want to leave behind from before this time? What do you want to take into the future? Together with dozens of young people from all over Europe, you answer these questions in your own way. By making music or submitting a video. Film & sound professionals make out of all submissions the first international short film of “Rebels with a Cause”.

The short film – premiere online – in six European countries – Sunday 21st June at 13:00 CEST! In the Netherlands, through social media of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture, with more than 100,000 followers.

You can sign up for music or film!

MUSIC MAKERS

We invite you to join our online orchestra! Reinout Douma, conductor of the Noordpool Orkest, has composed a great basic soundtrack. If you sign up, you will receive a link to download the scores for your instrument and instructions for recording.

VIDEO MAKERS

If you sign up to participate in this project, you will certainly not regret it. Because you can participate for free in useful online video workshops about script development and making a movie (with your mobile phone). You will receive tips & tricks from professionals from film platform New Noardic Wave and Editors from Lithuania to make your short video of up to 1 minute as cool as possible.

Your video is used for the short film and also posted on the webpage: http://www.lockdownstories.net. There are already many videos for inspiration!

Schedule
  • Register before June 5! You will receive more information about what to do as soon as possible.
  • Submissions no later than June 15!
  • Premiere Sunday June 21 at 13:00 CEST during Make Music Day

Contact person:

Jan-Willem van Kruyssen (OMF): jwvankruyssen@omfryslan.nl +31631665582

Rebels with a Cause is a project by:
  • Amateo (European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities)
  • OMF (Organisation of Music Associations in Fryslân, the Netherlands)
  • Noordpool Orkest / Noordpool Troupe (Groningen, the Netherlands, musicians between 14 and 23 years old)
  • New Noardic Wave, film platform for makers in the Northern Netherlands
  • Fulkaan, talent platform for young musicians (Fryslân, the Netherlands)
  • iktoon, LKCA (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  • Making Music UK (London, United Kingdom)
  • House of Activity and Creativity (Public Institution, Zapyskis, Lithuania)
  • Národné osvetové centrum (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • VZW Kuumba (Brussels, Belgium)
  • JSKD, Javni Sklad za Kulturne Dejavnosti (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

AX – Sweden

AMATEO MEMBER: AX

Member Country: Sweden
Contact person: Anna Rydborg, President and Anna-Karin Waldemarson, Vice-President.

Who is Ax?

Ax, represents voluntary art’s organizations in Sweden. We are 21 organizations for participatory culture and art. Among the members you will find music organizations, choir organizations, theatre organizations, dance organization, video and film organizations, storytelling organizations, art and craft organizations, and experimental art organizations.

What kind of work does Ax normally do?

Ax is an organization for national political influences aimed for creating more visibility, better conditions, and a deeper understanding among politicians and civil servants in the fields of art and culture. Ax initiates discussions with state authorities on issues related to voluntary art and culture, f.i. to gain worthy Ministry grants for the sector of voluntary arts, to collect statistics on active participation in cultural activities, to recognize the value of culturally active citizens and organizations for a more sustainable and healthier society, to strengthen the democratic people’s movement through active and creative participation in local cultural activities. Ax supports the member organizations to gain influence on cultural politics on the regional and local levels. Ax rewards the “Voluntary Art’s Municipality of the Year”.

Why has Ax joined the Amateo network?

Active participation in cultural activities is a huge movement – taking account of the number of individuals, clubs, and organizations in the European countries. This will give Ax the opportunity to take part in a broad cultural community, to exchange knowledge, experiences, and ideas on supporting and developing our field.

Why is it important to make international connections and collaborate across borders?

Every European country has different organizational and political structures for culture and participatory arts, the insights of the Amateo member organizations’ ways of working will give Ax tools to develop. The European voluntary arts organizations have a lot of common challenges, the Amateo network gives us a chance to learn from each other and to support each other. 

What hopes does Ax have for the future of the Amateo network and cultural participation in Europe?

To create more cultural projects together that will give us the opportunity to cooperate with individuals, clubs, and organizations in other countries.


Interested in being part of the Amateo network? Find out more about the members and how to join!


Pioneer Projects Update

The three pioneer projects funded as a result of new connections made at CONNECT2019 in Estonia, March 2019 are all at varying stages of delivery. Check on their progress:

Following CONNECT at Amateo’s Don’t Look Back conference in Scotland, October 2019, they’ve been joined by Remembering Places – Crafting Our Future.

From February 23 – 29 2020, Hidden Tracks brings the 16 young people and musicians from the Czech Republic, Estonia and Germany together to get the goods shed in Geestenseth trembling with music & more in a workshop.

On Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 19:00 we invite you to the live Hidden Tracks performance!

Cancelled: CONNECT – Brussels


Event cancelled due to Coronavirus

A notice regarding CONNECT2020

Sadly, the negative impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has finally reached our project. After long discussions internally, monitoring of local and European authorities’ guidelines and the increasing restrictions on travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel CONNECT2020 in Brussels. The situation in Belgium and other European countries has meant we have no option but to cancel the event.

We feel a responsibility for the safety of our guests and participants in Brussels and we respect the recommendations of the governmental institutions. This is, of course, disappointing and inconvenient for the participants, especially the inconvenience it causes on travel arrangements. But we hope everyone understands and accepts the decision we had to make in these circumstances.

If you have already transferred the participants fee to us, we are going to reimburse this during the next two weeks.

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund your travel costs. We hope that your airline is covering the costs because – it is increasingly likely – they are going to cancel European flights one after another. Lufthansa has already done so with 23.000 flights. We hope that our decision will help with the containment of the virus outbreak in Europe. We hope that all of you will stay healthy. We are very sad to announce this cancellation and we hope you can understand the decision. We hope to be able to announce a new CONNECT event in the near future when the situation makes this possible.

Our best wishes, stay safe and healthy,
Naemi & the Team of Arts Take Part, Amateo


Previous event information below…


CONNECT 2020 focuses on youth empowerment.

Empowering young people is a key objective for organisations of all scale and increasing priority within cultural policy. But how do we let go of control, while offering just the right amount support, challenge and experience to help young people to develop their skills and understanding?

In times of increasing mobility, social media and digitalisation, traditional arts organisations are struggling to connect with the younger generations. Structures that have been working for decades are not working anymore. Art itself has become more fluid. The traditional way of running art projects in theatre/dance/music/poetry etc. don’t always connect.

One way to get a grip on these new developments is involving young amateur artists directly in your organisation: as advisors, as artistic co-creators, as organisers or programming their own projects or even festivals. 

But how to deal with this empowerment of youth? How much freedom can they handle? And how much responsibility? Can you lead a group instead of realise your own personal, creative ideas? How can you develop your skills to become accepted and involved with your experience as a coach?  Might failure maybe a part of the concept? 

CONNECT 2020 brings together inspiring examples, provocations and practices.

WHEN: Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March 2020 (Friday at 18.00 – Sunday at 16.00)
Deadline to register: Saturday 29 February 2020

WHERE: BRUSSELS, Belgium

FOR WHO:

Creating European Pioneer Projects/Expert meeting: Amateur Associations and arts professionals (producers, directors, teachers, coordinators, cultural managers etc) who are making art with children and/or young people, network organisations and policymakers.

Interdisciplinary Creative Workshops: Young people (aged 18-25 or 16-27 with prior agreement) that want to work internationally and interdisciplinary and have relevant experience with one or more artforms themselves.

These sessions will also be valuable for arts students and people who have recently finished their studies, who want to become teachers in one of the artforms.

WHAT:

CONNECT is a combination of an international expert meeting for art professionals and amateur associations as well as a creative workshop programme for young people.

The ultimate goal of CONNECT – arts professionals and amateur associations programme is to create time and space to find a partner and design an international interdisciplinary project in the CONNECT theme. Amateo will award the three most inspiring concepts with a grant of € 2500 each.

CONNECT 2020 European Pioneer Projects Expert meeting:
Brings together art professionals and amateur associations to focus on the theme of empowerment of young people through discussions, key notes and interactive methods. 

CONNECT Interdisciplinary Creative Workshops:
The young amateur artists workshop programme is a series of 4 workshops of 90 minutes, in which a group of young international amateur artists will experiment and explore different combinations of interdisciplinary artforms; how to combine spoken word and folklore|traditional music? Or urban dance and theatre? Every workshop will be led by young mentors from 4 different European countries, with different artistic backgrounds. It is a lab of unexpected combinations. 

CONNECT also combines parts of the programme:
– Friday’s joint welcome programme includes a surprise performance and workshop
– On Saturday afternoon we explore Brussel by local safari, following an innovative cultural devepment board game, created by Lasso.
– We finish on Sunday afternoon with a mixed diversity workshop.

WHY:

Three days in a good company, watching, talking about, talking with, designing projects and making art with young people. Everywhere in Europe this work is happening but each country and region has its own approach. CONNECT is a platform where people can share their experiences, be curious, find shared goals and start international adventures together.

COST:

Participants fee for arts professionals: € 200
Young people workshop programme: € 100
Costs cover all sessions, food and shared accomodation. If you live in Brussels and don’t sleep in the Jes Sleep in, costs are: € 100 for professionals and € 50 for young participants


CONNECT2020 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part pioneers projects, organised together MetX and Lasso (Brussels) and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Do you want to know more? Send an email to pioneers@amateo.org or go to Facebook and check the event.