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 cyprus tree and flowering shrub.

Europe’s culture and creativity has been shaped by the people and cultures throughout the world and call the continent home. From 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.

Postcards from Home Workshop – January

PICTURE SONNETS WORKSHOP

18.15-19.30 CET (17.15 GMT / 20.15 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.

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 – MaY 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…’
November 2020

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

The second postcard: ‘Home was…’
January 2021

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…’
March 2021

Sharing your vision of home for the future


Take Part

Step 1

Post your first postcard to Galway, Ireland – European Capital of Culture 2020 before 15 November 2020
Download instructions template
(See terms)

Step 2

Receive a package from Galway including your postal partners first postcard with their address + a gift from one of the local creative workshops in Galway.

Step 3

Continue your exchange of postcards.

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

Share your postcards with us pioneers@amateo.org via Facebook

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

Online Creative Workshop: Dadaist word forms

Mar
2021

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

MAY
2021

CONNECT meeting prior to live event

JUNE 2021

Online creative sessions linked to the live event ‘CONNECT The Unexpected‘ in Maribor (Slovenia).

The words and images created by everyone taking part in the Postcards from Home project, across Europe, will inspire new collaborative participatory creative works that blend the art-forms and themes shared between November and May.

Find out more about the live programme and register for the CONNECT the Unexpected creative residency

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


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.

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.

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.