Resetting the Stage: Programme

Amateo online Conference

Friday 22 January 2021
🎟 FREE

10:30 – 12:00 CET: Keynote speakers/interviews
13:30 – 14:00 CET: ‘Your Stage’
14:00 – 15:00 CET: Workshop

Amateo invites you to join this special online conference where we will discuss how participatory arts can help to tackle the big issues in our world. We will hear from experts from across Europe, share our past experiences and think positively and ambitiously about the future.

By means of best practices we want to explore new opportunities and inspire practitioners and organisers of participatory arts, politicians, and others. Together with inspiring experts, we’ll assess ways to collaborate and Reset the Stage by means of some examples that go beyond art for art’s sake, they make art for our sake.

During some engaging and interactive sessions we’ll try to find answers to these questions: How to stimulate collaboration between the participatory arts and other sectors/domains (like health & wellbeing / Sustainable Development Goals / biodiversity / agriculture / shrinkage areas / children’s rights / gender equality). And how can local/regional government authorities become cooperation partners of organisations in the voluntary and amateur arts?

How do we tackle global problems with imagination, beauty and creativity?

As well as an inspiring session in the morning, you will also have the chance to present your own ideas or proposals on creative community art projects that aim for broader societal impact in the afternoon programme. No slides, no sales pitches – just inspiring ideas! The stage is yours…

Merlijn Twaalfhoven will send us into the weekend with an inspiring workshop: Long-term thinking for a short-term world.

PROGRAMME

10:30 – 12:00 (CET)
Keynote speakers & interviews
  • Tania Banotti (IE), Director of Creative Ireland: ‘Engaging the Public on Climate Change through the Cultural and Creative Sectors. More about Tania….
  • Andreas Ceska (AT), Art Director, Theatre for Education: ‘Using performing art with children and young people in India, for children’s rights, education, health care, gender equality and against poverty and climate change’. More about Andreas….
  • Sjoerd Feitsma (NL), Director of Platform ACCT (Platform Labor Market Cultural and Creative Future) and former councilor of the city of Leeuwarden (European Capital of Culture 2018): ‘Opportunities for governments in collaboration with the cultural and creative sector’. More about Sjoerd…
  • Merlijn Twaalfhoven (NL), Director, The Turn Club, musician, composer and organiser of (music) events: ‘Tackling world problems with imagination, beauty and creativity’. More about Merlijn…
  • Juraj Čarný (SK), Director of WANDERING GALLERY nomadSpace: ‘Artistic Activism with mobile art projects and exhibitions and mobilizing art to reach all walks of life’. More about Juraj….
  • Q&A

13:30 – 14:00 (CET)
‘Your Stage’

Do you have an idea worth spreading?
Have you thought of a project or are you currently bringing a project to life?
Do you have an inspiring idea you want to share, or are you looking for tips/European partners?
We are looking for 2-3 minute talks about ideas or proposals on creative community art projects that aim for broader societal impact. No slides, no sales pitches – just inspiring ideas! The stage is yours…

14:00 – 15:00 (CET) Workshop
Merlijn Twaalfhoven: Long-term thinking for a short-term world

Underneath all the major problems the world is grappling with is one crystal clear cause; we only think of the short term.
In this workshop, Merlijn Twaalfhoven takes us out of this time bubble. He takes us on a tour of how we can see beyond our own generation.
A new way to stand in time so that we can ultimately be a good ancestor to our grandchildren’s children. How can we give voice to future generations? And how can creativity help us to realize that we can do things ourselves?

Moderation:
Jan-Willem van Kruyssen & Francesca Robson

registration

Registration is closed.
This event took place on 22 January 2021.

New Amateo Research Publication: Slovenia

ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION, IDENTIFICATION OF NEEDS, DEFINITION OF PRIORITIES IN NETWORKING, ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AMATEUR CULTURE IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND CULTURE OF LIVING IN SLOVENIA

In 2020, as part of the “Arts Take Part” project, our team managed to translate into English and publish another research publication (this time it is a Slovenian publication) and we are excited to share it with you!

The purpose of this research is to identify the needs and priorities for networking and advocacy in amateur cultural activities by analyzing the financing, human resources and spatial capacities of cultural societies, mentorships, advocacy, consulting, informing, networking and cooperation with related organizations. It was led by The Union of Cultural Societies of Slovenia in cooperation with the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD).

AMATEUR ART IN FIGURES

Amateur culture in Slovenia is a wide-ranging sector compared to other cultural sectors, which is why it is difficult to precisely delimit or define its area of activity. There are around 5.000 cultural societies and groups active on the field of amateur art and culture in Slovenia, with more than 100.000 actively involved adults. They showcase approximately 25.000 cultural events per year, which are viewed by 4.000.000 visitors.

THE STATE OF AMATEUR CULTURE AT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS AND EXPOSED ISSUES

Generally, cultural societies find the situation in amateur culture good locally and nationally. Only a few respondents (5.6% for the local level and 3.9% for the national level) believe that the general state of amateur culture is insufficient, which shows that both the state and local communities take good care of amateur culture and creativity. The respondents identified several reasons for low scores (sufficient and insufficient) for amateur culture in local communities (26.4%) and in general (21.3%). The most common reasons are related to financing, but other reasons are: insufficient engagement and presence in devising local cultural policies, insufficient interest of municipal authorities in the development of cultural activities, spatial problems, disinterest in amateur culture, especially among young people, insufficient programme cooperation and interaction between different activities of societies, vast bureaucracy, small audiences, lack of adequate staff, lack of young people to carry on work, ageing members of cultural societies, poor regulation of remuneration to mentors, lack of local education and training, insufficient promotion of amateur culture, lack of concrete instructions for monitoring and adapting to amendments to legislation, inadequate national cultural policy, lack of concrete guidelines for societies’ operation, poor links between culture and tourism, lack of time for proper preparation of cultural programmes, activities and events.

Conference: Resetting the Stage

Amateo Online Conference | Friday January 22nd 2021 

Cultural budgets are coming under more and more pressure. On top of that, the cultural and creative sectors themselves are among the most seriously damaged by the effects of the pandemic. Many cultural activities are being halted, millions of jobs are frozen or wiped out, micro and small businesses are on the brink of bankruptcy and many talents are forced to leave the sector altogether.

In response to the current pandemic situation, a pan-European community of 110 networks and associations called on the European Commission to encourage Member States to fully integrate culture in their national recovery and resilience plans, allocating at the very least 2% of the RRF budgets to the culture and creative sectors, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”. Now it is of course important to support the cultural and creative sectors in these difficult times, it is perhaps even more important to give this sector an active role in the national recovery and resilience plans of their respective countries.

Coronavirus is not the only crisis we find ourselves in, but also the decline in biodiversity, the climate crisis and the energy transition. These are major issues that we now have to tackle! It takes imagination, and a creative process to change things. The culture and creative sectors can do that. It is increasingly recognized that art and culture have a special function as accelerators of change – through the ability to reach people at the level of emotions and beliefs, provide new ways to see problems and develop creative solutions.

How can we stimulate collaboration between the participatory arts and other sectors/domains (like health & wellbeing / Sustainable Development Goals / biodiversity / agriculture / shrinkage areas)? And how can local/regional government authorities become cooperation partners of organisations in the voluntary and amateur arts?

By means of Best Practices, we want to explore new opportunities and inspire practitioners and organisers of participatory arts, politicians, etc. Together we will assess ways to collaborate and Reset the Stage by means of some examples that go beyond art for art’s sake, they make art for our sake.

Contact: Jan-Willem van Kruyssen, jw@vankruyssen.eu, +31 (0)631665582

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.

rereCONNECT

One of the good things we discovered during reCONNECT (the online alternative for CONNECT2020, originally planned in Brussels), was it was relatively simple to meet by Zoom. We had participants that would not have been able to come to Brussels physically, who now joined the event. At the end of this experimental week, we agreed to follow up.

And so we did; Thursday November 12th we had an open Zoom session for all former participants of the CONNECT events of the last three years. Fifteen people joined the session. Some of them were participants of the very first CONNECT (Deventer, NL, 2018), some had planned to come to Brussels, but could not join reCONNECT, and some of them were new Amateo members.

It was good to see everyone, and hear the stories about pioneer projects that started without a grant (4ID), and are still meeting, and working on further collaboration. Also the three projects that received grants in 2020 are preparing their projects. Of course, COVID-19 delays things, and makes things uncertain, but that doesn’t stop us being creative, and finding solutions for these project ideas.

The next rereCONNECT Zoom meeting is planned for Thursday January 28th 2021, at 16.00 hrs CET. If you would like to join this, please send an email to pioneers@amateo.org

Postcards from Home Workshop – December

SODaI WORKSHOP

3.00-4.00PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

From Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020 to future European Capital of Culture Kaunas (2022), create the ‘Garde’ design using Lithuanian straw to construct your own ‘sodas’ (a garden). This hour-long online workshop led by Violeta Dabrilienė and Kūrybos ir užimtumo stuba, VšĮ (House of activity and creativity) will share some of the history behind the craft and guide you in creating your own. The first participants to register will be sent a kit of the Lithuanian rye straw, thread and needle traditionally used. Alternative materials can also be used.


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. This workshop shares the traditional Lithuanian craft of ‘Sodai’, which could be something you apply in your card or sharing traditional crafts that have meaning for you. Visit the Postcards from Home project page.

Annual Stakeholder Survey

Amateo is committed to reflection and learning, so we have commissioned an external evaluator to work alongside Amateo’s Arts Take Part project.

We use this annual survey to seek the views of anyone that has been in touch with Amateo in the past year and to see how we can better support our members and improve our services.

It only takes ten minutes to complete and you are entered into a lucky draw to win a €50 voucher.


This survey has been commissioned by Amateo and is being carried out by independent research organisation Ruthless Research. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ruth.

Postcards from Home – Launch weekend

LAUNCH

THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

If you missed the Postcards from Home project launch you can send any questions about the postcard exchange, different ways to participate and the workshops scheduled as part of the project, culminating in the CONNECT event in Maribor, Slovenia in 2021 to the Pioneer Projects team, join Amateo and Connect on Facebook and register for project updates.

6-8PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

Galway-based visual artist Jennifer Cunningham leading a workshop on self portraiture, using collage to represent aspects of the self and home. Find out more
[Image: ‘Telling Stories’ by Jennifer Cunningham. See more examples of Jennifer’s work]

11AM-1.30PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBEr

Galway-based textile artist Kathy Ross, sharing her techniques of ‘painting with wool, drawing with thread’. Download a sketch template of Galway Bay and list of materials needed, or use your own scene and Kathy will guide you through the embroidery and needle felting techniques to complete the scene.
[Image: ‘Rasai Na Hucieri’ by Kathy Ross. See more examples of Kathy’s landscape work]

5-7.30PM (GMT +1CET/+2EET), MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

Bookbinder Cassandra Barron, guiding the process for a cut and fold book, a simple pamphlet stitch book and a Japanese stab book that you can use to collect and bind your Postcards from Home ideas.

Postcards from Home

Join our European exchange and connect across the continent


From NoVember 2020 – OCTOBER 2021
Amateo invites citizens from across Europe to take part and connect, through the creative exchange of ‘Postcards from Home‘.
WHAT HAS MADE YOU FEEL AT HOME RECENTLY?
WE ARE INVITING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES FROM ACROSS EUROPE TO SEND THREE POSTCARDS FROM HOME

The first postcard:
‘Home is…’

Sharing what home has meant for you currently through words and images

The second postcard: ‘Home was…’

Sharing a memory of home (an image, story, smell that brings back a person or place that meant home to you) in the past

The third postcard: ‘Home will be…’

Sharing your vision of home for the future


Join Postcards from Home creative workshops online

26-30 November 2020

LAUNCH conversation and THREE workshops including Lockdown Portraiture, Textile Landscapes and Postcard Journal Bookbinding broadcast live from Galway (Ireland), European Capital of Culture 2020

DEC
2020

Online Creative Workshop, 15 December: Traditional Lithuanian ‘Sodai’ craft

JAN
2021

Re-re-CONNECT: Join pioneer projects sharing their activity

JAN
2021

Online Creative Workshop, 28 January: Picture Sonnets

APRIL
2021

Cut-out Animation: Animate postcards with a smart-phone or tablet

Mar
2021

Online Creative Workshop, 1 March: Indo-persian Miniature Painting

MAY
2021

CONNECT meeting prior to live event

JUNE 2021

‘CONNECT The Unexpected in our online residency from Maribor (Slovenia).

‘Home’ and the Postcards from Home contributions from across Europe, will inspire new participatory creative works that blend art-forms.

Find out more and register for CONNECT to the Unexpected

Take Part

Step 1

Post your first postcard….
Missed the NOVEMBER 2019 deadline?

Share it with us pioneers@amateo.org via Facebook
(See terms)

2020

Receive your postal partners first postcard with their address

Join the creative workshops online (see below and register for updates)

Step 3

Continue your exchange of postcards.

Register for CONNECT to the Unexpected

Postcards from Home project is supported by funding from Culture of Solidarity programme led by European Cultural Foundation