Arts Take Part: Courses & Conferences Team

Courses & Conferences Team is one of the implementing teams of Arts Take Part, a unique and exciting four-year Amateo network project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Let see what the team members say about their recent work!

Tell us about your Team?

Our team is international, but it has a Slavic soul, since the team members
are from Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The last team member from the
Netherlands joined us just recently. I think we share a common vision with all the other teams within Arts Take Part and also with other people who work in the field of amateur culture. We try to encourage people to recognize the value of their work in this field, trying to gain visibility of the Amateo network, involve new partners and members in Amateo activities, to provide the paid and voluntary staff in participatory arts associations in European countries with new opportunities. In order to do that we promote and provide trans-national courses and conferences where good practices and experiences from different European countries can be shared.

What has the team been doing recently?

Lately, we have been communicating a lot with our partners from Austria
and Italy for the organisation of the conferences next year. Now we are
in the middle of program preparations for our next conference in June 2020, which will take place in Vienna, Austria. We are also planning promotional campaigns and trying to get as close as possible to potential participants and members. At the same time, it was also necessary to design a work program for the coming year, with collaboration between teams that differentiate the quality and diversity of our events as a key element. The Amateo Conference is also a place where the annual Amateo Award and CONNECT project has its part. The Amateo Award is aiming to highlight and support the individuals and groups whose projects are recognized as outstanding on a European level.

Workshop, Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2019
What are you working on for the future?

We have been working for a long time to find ways and methods which can
help to share knowledge and skills with as many interested people as possible. In the future, we will endeavour to use modern information channels to display our events and to implement e-learning. It is sometimes difficult to choose the right form for a specific target audience among many forms and communication channels, and we will continue to pay much attention to this in the future. We also work with various organisations to participate in the implementation of events in the future, including a one-day conference in Galway, Ireland and in a conference in Milan, Italy.

What are your recent highlights?

Meeting interesting new people, seeing happiness on the faces of award winners, facilitating new transnational exchange of knowledge and collaborations, feeling positive energy and, at the end, satisfaction when plans become reality!

CONNECT 2019, Tallinn, Estonia
How can other Amateo members or non-members get involved with this work?

We would like to involve as many members and non-members as possible into our activities. The main aim of our team is to give people the opportunity for sharing experience and knowledge, for international collaboration to participate actively at Amateo events (seminars, conferences), give ideas for future events, be a host of the events, share positive energy… In short – to place active participation in culture under the spotlight.


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Arts Take Part is a four-year network project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Find out more about Arts Take Part on the project page.

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Highlights: CONNECT+, Edinburgh

Speakers at Don't Look Back seminar in Edinburgh (l-r: Ingrid Smit, Sylvia Dow, Anne Gallacher, Janine Husch)

People from across Europe came together last week in Edinburgh to share thoughts and ideas on creativity in an ageing population. The programme of events was organised by Amateo in partnership with Voluntary Arts and Luminate, with support from Creative Scotland as well as Creative Europe. The week included creative workshops for older people from across Europe and a seminar for those working on developing creative projects with the annual Epic Awards ceremony organised by Voluntary Arts bringing an inspiring few days to a close.


Opening Reception

Amateo and our partners were honoured to be guests at the beautiful Institut Français d’Ecosse on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Guests were welcomed by the Deputy French Consul, Marie Vassallo; Amateo President, Susan Fazakerley; Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron of Edinburgh City Council; Luminate Director, Anne Gallacher and Amateo’s Arts Take Part coordinator, Jim Tough. As well as being treated to some fine Scottish produce throughout the evening, the guests were then treated to a performance by Edinburgh-based choir Forget Me Notes.


CONNECT+

Participants were invited from many European countries to come together, exchange ideas and build new relationships. One strand of the programme brought together those working in the field and amateur and participatory arts with an interest in engaging older people in creative activities. There were exercises to get to know each other and even some speed-dating sessions! There were also presentations from funding bodies, including Creative Europe, to inform people of the opportunities available to support international collaboration. Staff from organisations across Europe discussed potential new projects and collaborations which we hope to see realised in the very near future.

In the Creative Workshops programme, a group of 12 older people from Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic and Scotland came together with artists Janice Parker and Luke Pell and film maker Tao-Anas Le Thanh to explore the Don’t Look Back theme through movement and words. The process resulted in a remarkable filmed exploration on the theme. This was a powerful process of sharing, learning, reflection, and cooperation amongst this group from across Europe that will live long in the hearts and minds of those involved.


Seminar: Don’t Look Back

Taking inspiration from Bob Dylan and challenging the preconception that almost all creative work with older people needs to be about reminiscence, this one-day seminar at the University of Edinburgh’s InSpace sought to recognise that we all have a creative future. Each of the speakers gave a short presentation which led to a provocation to be discussed and debated by the participants. The event was chaired by playwright Sylvia Dow.

Throughout the day, we heard from Ingrid Smit (LKCA, Netherlands) about the Lang Leve Kunst project (Long Live Art), Janine Husch (Kubia, Germany) about the work the organisation delivers and the challenges they face in reaching a diverse range of participants, and Anne Gallacher (Luminate, Scotland) about partnership working to improve creative opportunities for older people in Scotland.


Epic Awards ceremony

The annual Epic Awards celebrate the achievements of voluntary-led creative groups and projects across the UK and Ireland. This year’s awards ceremony was held in Edinburgh to close our week of events in Scotland’s capital city. Awards were presented to winners for Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales as well as the Peer Award (voted for by the nominated groups), the People’s Choice Award (voted for by thousands of members of the public) and the Celebrating Diversity Award which this year went to Kirrie Connections, a community dementia support hub in the rural Scottish town of Kirriemuir.

The evening was hosted by BBC Scotland’s Janice Forsyth and included an opening speech by Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development in the Scottish Government. The ceremony was opened with a performance from Scotland award runners-up, 24 Carat Gold, a dance group of women aged 60 – 87 years old, while the closing performance by Scotland award winners, Musicians in Exile, had the audience up dancing in Edinburgh’s Central Hall.

It was a really enjoyable and very moving finale to a week of connection, collaboration and inspiration in Edinburgh. We’re now looking forward to upcoming Amateo events during 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to receive invitations.


Highlights: Amateo annual Conference & Award, Novi Sad 2019

Amateur Art Association of Vojvodina had the honour to host the 11th annual Amateo conference, in Novi Sad, from 07-08. June 2019. In the year when the city of Novi Sad is the European capital of Youth, attendees had the chance to open many questions and to share many good examples.

Bridges of Creativity “Amateur Arts & Youths in intercultural society”

The first day of the conference – after the inspirational keynote of Amateo president Susan Fazakerley – we had an opportunity to hear about the current climate for amateur arts and engagement with youth in Serbia, Netherlands and Slovenia, to listen to live singing presentation of multi traditional music which erase boundaries and finally, to hear about intercultural education and intercultural learning with the aim of overcoming national and all other barriers in multicultural societies with engaging youth in cultural projects. 

The second day was dedicated to good practice examples, where we heard about different projects from Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, recently initiated Amateo pioneer projects and how two titles (European Youth Capital 2019 and European Capital of Culture 2021) are helping youth from Novi Sad to participate in cultural activities and expand the voluntary service. Last, but not least, there was an interesting workshop where we found out more about our differences, similarities and prejudices.

Serbia’s regional broadcaster, RT Vojvodina, featured the Bridges of Creativity conference, telling their audience about the importance of amateur arts in their news broadcasts. Watch the clip and read the news article here.

In the beautiful venue of Vojvodina Government building, while we were watching and listening wonderful music performance, we realised how many different cultures live together in Serbia and the province of Vojvodina. The Amateo Award finalists from Serbia, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium and The Netherlands were all represented and the winner of Amateo Award 2019 was announced!

Snežana Sedlar, Vice President of the Assembly of Autonomius Province of Vojvodina, opened the Award ceremony, together with Susan Fazakerley, president of Amateo and Savo Mucibabic, Amateur Art Association of Vojvodina secretary. Watch the clip and read the news article here.

There are many more photos you can see on the Amateo Facebook page and some videos of musical performances from ceremony on the Amateo YouTube channel.

You can also view some of the presentations from conference:

Many more articles and extended presentations from the conference, on the theme “Amateur arts, Youth and Interculturalism” will be available to read in the upcoming book – co-published by Amateo, Cultural centre of Vojvodina “Milos Crnjanski” and Amateur Art Association of Vojvodina – later this year. One more great outcome of this Amateo event!

CONNECT+, Edinburgh

SAVE THE DATE!

CONNECT+ and the Epic Awards

1st – 3rd October 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland                          

An intimate international gathering to explore and celebrate creativity in an ageing population combined with a high profile celebration of best practice in the participatory arts.

In partnership with Voluntary Arts and Luminate (Scotland’s Creative Ageing organisation), and supported by Creative Scotland, Amateo is presenting this programme to celebrate creativity, collaboration and the International Day of the Older Person.

Programme

Opening Reception
Tuesday 1st October, 6:30–8:30pm, Institut Français, Parliament Square, Edinburgh
Contact jim@amateo.org for booking.

Celebrating the International Day of the Older Person, this is a chance for guests, delegates and participants to meet informally. There will be food, refreshments and some special guest performers.

Creative Workshops
Tuesday 1st October – Thursday 3rd October, Central Hall, Edinburgh
Contact jim@amateo.org for booking.

An opportunity for a group of 16 older participants from across Europe to come together, work with and learn from each other. The 2.5 day workshop will be facilitated by professional artists (two Scottish-based artists and an international guest). The focus will be on theatre and dance concluding with a sharing of their work and experience at the Epic Awards ceremony being hosted by Voluntary Arts on the evening of Thursday 3rd October. The theme of ‘Don’t Look Back’ arises from a challenge to the practice of focusing on the past when working with older people. What about their interest in the future?
The artist facilitators involved are Janice Parker from Scotland and Tamara Pomoriški from the Czech Republic.

Connect+ Conversations
Tuesday 1st October, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Central Hall, Edinburgh
Book your free place on the Voluntary Arts website.

Practitioners and Amateo member organisations (some will be linked to the member organisations who have come with the creative workshop participants) come together to explore potential collaborations and learn more about the support available for such work. This includes presentations on funding opportunities from Creative Europe and Erasmus+. There will be €2500 available to seed fund proposals that emerge from these discussions.

‘Don’t Look Back’ Seminar and Discussion
Wednesday 2nd October, 10:00am – 4:00pm, InSpace, University of Edinburgh
Book your place on the Voluntary Arts website.

An opportunity to share best practice from across Europe in the field of creativity and participation in an ageing population. A seminar format with four speakers that engage the audience in comment and discussion. The event will also be streamed live. There will be opportunity for informal discussion, canapes and refreshments.

The speakers are:

  • Chair, Sylvia Dow, Playwright, with an introduction speaking on her artist’s perspective
  • Anne Gallacher, Director, Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing organisation
  • Ingrid Smit, LKCA, Netherlands experiences with ‘Long live Arts’ programme
  • Janine Hüsch, Kubia, Germany, Centre for Creative Ageing

Epic Awards 2019 ceremony
Thursday 3rd October, 6:30pm, Central Hall, Edinburgh
Book your place on the Voluntary Arts website.

An annual event that celebrates the best in voluntary-led creativity across the UK and Ireland. Taking place in Scotland in 2019, the evening will be hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth and features special performances and presentations from the shortlisted projects and an opening introduction from Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs and Culture.


Bridges of CREATIVITY

Save the date for our eleventh Amateo Annual Conference – Bridges of CREATIVITY, Amateur arts and Youth in intercultural society!

Serbia, Novi Sad, 07-08. June 2019!

About the conference

Thinking about culture always leads to thinking about the relationship between cultures or their interaction. This interaction involves the presence of mutual interest, acceptance and respect, exchanging experiences between cultures and dialogue at different levels, from local to international. Is that precisely the essence of an intercultural society?

Inter-culture means the possibility of confronting ideas, which presupposes a change in the way of thinking, and as such is based on the idea of a better and more humane society and the future in which racism and all forms of discrimination will be eliminated.

This phenomenon is of particular concern to young people – those to whom European integration enabled mobility and much more frequent encounters with other cultures, through the prism of active participation in culture.

How tolerant are young people towards others who are different and is the amateur art a bridge that connects them?

These and other issues will be addressed by experts from different fields of culture and will be an opportunity to get acquainted with examples of good practice from Serbia and Europe.

Welcome!

Event hosted by:
Amateo – European Network for Active Participation in Culture
Amateur Art Association of Vojvodina
Cultural center of Vojvodina „Milos Crnjanski“ and
The Assembly and Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Conference venue:  Great Hall, Assembly of AP Vojvodina, Novi Sad

Check out the conference programme  and register your place (see registration form for details).

Sign up is open until 1st June 2019.

** All Amateo network members can attend the conference for free. **
New members can join Amateo here
The participation fee for non – Amateo members, for the two-day Amateo conference is € 40.00. 

Please note hotel and transportation are not included with registration fees.

Travel & Accomodation

If you need our help concerning your accommodation and transportation to the conference, please fill in the questionnaire.

For more information, please contact:
Milka Salatić,  +381640043051, savezamv@gmail.com

 

Arts Take Part: Courses & Conferences

What is the overall mission of this team during the Arts Take Part project?

Gain visibility of Amateo network, involve new partners/members in Amateo activities, to provide the paid and voluntary staff in participatory arts associations in EU states and programme countries with new trans-national skills, competences and know-how. Promote and provide trans-national courses and conferences. Sharing good practice and experiences from different European countries.

What has the team been doing recently?

Helping to write the Year 3 programme for Arts Take Part, preparing our conference in Novi Sad and preparing an e-guide for Amateo Awards and making first action towards successfully organized CONNECT event in Estonia.

What are you working on for the future?

Trying to set up our first webinar, thinking about themes for future seminars, workshops and conferences and focusing on the target groups.

Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018
Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018
What are the highlights so far?

CONNECT in Deventer, Netherlands, Amateo conference in Vrsar, Croatia, meeting in Ljubljana and the first Amateo awards in Kranj, Slovenia.

How can other Amateo members or non-members get involved with this work?

Contribute the materials for e-guides/tutorials, participate or present their work at Amateo events (seminars, conferences), give ideas for events in future, be a host of the events in future, share good will, experience and knowledge in organizing events and projects.

Join CONNECT 2019 in Estonia, follow us on the Facebook page or contact info@amateo.org.


Arts Take Part is a four-year network project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Find out more about Arts Take Part on the project page.

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CONNECT2019 – Estonia

CONNECT2019 – Create New Perspectives
14 – 18 March 2019

Book your place!

FOR WHO

  • Young people wanting to work internationally and interdisciplinary, and have relevant experience with one or more artforms themselves
  • Arts students and students who want to become a teacher in one of the artforms as well as people who have recently finished one of these studies
  • Organisations focusing on art with children and/or young people
  • Network organisations and policymakers

Continue reading “CONNECT2019 – Estonia”

Sharing Arts & Heritage

The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), the Cultural Participation Fund (FCP), Keunstwurk (regional cultural organisation of Fryslân) and the ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands is organising the European conference on arts and heritage education and participation: Sharing Arts & Heritage. The conference will take place on 18 & 19 October 2018 in the city of Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018.

Sharing Arts & Heritage

This international conference investigates how cultural education and cultural participation relate to challenges of access, social cohesion, heritage and cooperation. Arts and heritage are key factors for building a sustainable Europe, that is now facing growing diversity and polarisation. How can we best channel our research and policies to promote an open, inclusive, resilient European society?

Nick Wilson, Reader in Creativity, Arts & Cultural Management at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London will deliver the key note for the conference.

The target groups of the conference are: professionals working in the fields of policy and practice related to cultural education and participation.

Free tickets for Amateo members

** All Amateo network members can attend the conference for free. **
New members can join Amateo here. Amateo network members can sign up to the conference here.


In a session on Friday 19 October, Amateo wants to share and discuss our ideas about collecting new data and the way to initiate that.

In Europe, data on numbers of people involved in amateur arts are scarce, while the importance of evidence-based policy is increasing. There is a growing urge for valid figures for advocacy purposes, both to influence strategies of the European Commission as well as cultural policies of individual states.

Regrettably, neither Eurostat nor any other source gives us the detailed, compatible and validated information on the amateur arts we need. It is therefore of vital importance to develop a methodology and a questionnaire which can be used in all European countries.

John Lievens (Ghent University, Belgium) and Hamish Fyfe (University of South Wales) present the report ‘Considerations regarding Comparative European Research into Amateur Arts Participation’. This session is initiated by the team for Research and Documentation from the European network Amateo.

Do you know researchers or cultural professionals who have been working on or have a big interest in collecting data on amateur arts? Please share this information with them! In addition, Amateo can offer 10 sponsored places for taking part in this research session during the conference! Need more information? Email us!

Highlights: Conference & Award, Ljubljana

Amateo celebrated its tenth birthday in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the network was originally founded in 2008. The annual conference was held in Ljubljana at Cankarjev dom, while the first ever Amateo Award was presented at a special ceremony in Kranj as part of the launch of the Slovenian Week of Amateur Arts (Teden ljubiteljske kulture).

Slovenia’s national broadcaster, RTV Slovenija, featured the announcement of the inaugural Amateo Award in their news broadcasts. Watch the clip and read the news article here.

As well as this, Susan Fazakerley, President of Amateo, was interviewed on Slovenian radio about the importance of participation in culture. Listen to the interview here.

See photos below and on the Amateo Facebook page. You can also view the presentations of Réka Bálog (Europa Cantat) and Akademska folklorna skupina France Marolt.

During the annual General Assembly 2018 of Amateo, held on 10 May in Ljubljana, we were delighted that four new members joined our growing European network:

  • Fèisean nan Gàidheal, UK
  • Making Music, UK
  • House of Children and Youth of the capital city Prague, Czech Republic
  • Consulta Periferie Milano, Italy

'Before you say YES', Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
‘Before you say YES’, Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018

Réka Bálog, Europa Cantat, keynote presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Réka Bálog, Europa Cantat, keynote presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018

Vuk Cosic, presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Vuk Cosic, presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018

Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018
Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018

First ever Amateo Award winners, EdvanHoornFucktheSystem from the Netherlands.
First ever Amateo Award winners, EdvanHoornFucktheSystem from the Netherlands.