'Canny Creatives', Ukraine
ISIS Arts co-director and Culture Action Europe committee member Clymene Christoforou has been selected to visit Ukraine, along with five other leading cultural professionals from North East England, as part of a British Council exchange programme seeking to forge lasting relationships between cultural organisations in the UK and Ukraine. ‘Canny Creatives’ is a professional development and capacity building initiative, and an opportunity for cultural professionals and organisations from UK and Ukraine to share ideas and benefit from each other’s expertise.
North East England and Newcastle Gateshead, in particular, was chosen for this initiative as an area celebrated for its rapid cultural transformation and dynamic creative industries scene. Newcastle Gateshead has transformed from a city known 30 years ago as an industrial town with high unemployment, a passive audience and slow economic development to one of the most exciting cultural hubs in England. British Council Ukraine representatives believe that North East England shares a lot in common with Ukraine in terms of culture and history and are confident that an exchange of professional skills and ideas between cultural organisations in Ukraine and North East England will contribute to the transformation of cultural life in Ukrainian cities.
We are excited to announce that Clymene will work within two Ukrainian cultural organisations, CSM and Congress of Cultural Activists, based in Kyiv, for a week in September and three weeks in October.
CSM, Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is the descendent of the first Ukrainian Soros Centre for Contemporary art and has been functioning in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2008. CSM supports cultural researchers and critics with the mission to generate a discussion about the role and status of contemporary art in Ukraine. CSM promotes the understanding of the integral role of contemporary art in the current social, political and economic circumstances of Ukraine through public discussions and educational initiatives.
Congress of Cultural Activists presents itself as a collective of creative, educated and politically aware professionals based in Kyiv, committed to building a new Ukraine by changing the cultural reality in the country. Congress of Cultural Activists believes in the important role of culture in a state of revolutionary transformation for Ukraine. Congress of Cultural Activists has initiated a public movement to mobilise a socially active civil society in Ukraine, based on open interaction with the public and has urged organisations from Europe and beyond to rethink Ukraine’s place in Europe.
For more information about Canny Creatives, please visit British Council’s website.
CORNERS of Europe: Kosovo
8th August - 16th August
3 years after an earlier Balkan Xpedition visited Kosovo, CORNERS will return to the place that acted as a great inspiration to present three international co-creations.
3 CORNERS projects will be presented in Prizren from 8th to 16th of August 2015 as part of the fourteenth edition of DokuFest. After the successful premiere of the project in Haninge, Sweden, Newcastle based artist Lalya Gaye, together with two other CORNERS artists, will present Oh My Home in Kosovo.
CORNERS projects to be presented:
Oh My Home - Lost & Found
Artists: Ixone Ormaetxe, Lalya Gaye, Saadia Hussain
Oh My Home explores the feeling of home through public space installations and series of workshops which address notions of borders and belonging, identity and rejection, roots and mobility. Providing a take on the domestic, the migrant and the contested, Oh My Home is an essential project to the fourteenth edition of DokuFest, which explores migration as its central theme.
Artists: Borja Ruiz, Kajsa Sandström, Nils Personne, Primož Bezjak, ŠKART Dragan Protic & Djordje Balmazovic
Papyrint is an opportunity for children to share skills and create a performance together. The CORNERS artists from various disciplines run workshops to help children experiment with different forms of expression including paper-theatre, music, movement and poetry.
Artists: Maciej Salamon, Nedyalko Delchev
This project puts the traditional gallery in a box, sometimes a box as small as a birdhouse. The project aims to develop a new form of art appreciation inspired by co-creation. Audiences are encouraged to use their imagination in creating their own gallery in a box during Birdhouse Gallery workshops.
DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival is the largest film festival in Kosovo. Each year, the festival fills the cinemas and improvised screening venues around historic city centre of Prizren with its lively atmosphere and selection of films from around the world. The fourteenth edition of DokuFest will run from 8th August to 16th August in Prizren, Kosovo. For the full slate of films visit the festival’s website.
Open Call for Research Residencies
Deadline: 23rd July 2015 5:00pm
Following our latest artist in residence, Jessica Thompson, we invite new applications for residencies at ISIS Arts. Canadian media artist Jessica Thompson completed her three week long residency at ISIS Arts in June, researching for her new project Borderline, a site-specific investigation of the role of sound in community formation, particularly in areas currently undergoing social change.
We now invite applications from visual and media artists, UK and beyond, for residencies at ISIS Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) starting from September 2015.
This is an opportunity for artists to spend time in self-contained, newly refurbished city centre studio space to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work. The residencies start from 3 week periods and range to a maximum of 3 months; the residency period will be agreed with each individual applicant.
All artists will have access to ISIS Arts equipment, critical support and introduction to arts networks in the region. ISIS Arts will also host an artist talk and networking event for each visiting artist as part of their residency, allowing them to present their work to the wider arts community.
For the full call and for details on how to apply, please, click here.
To read more about our previous residencies, please, click here.
CORNERS Live is now online!
After months of hard work alongside CORNERS artists and media artist and curator Dominic Smith we are thrilled to announce that CORNERS Live is now online! CORNERS Live is a living digital platform created as an extension to CORNERS projects, which allows artists and audiences to share their experience of contemporary art anywhere in the world. You can now access CORNERS Live through your web browser here. Stay tuned for an opportunity to access the platform on your mobile phone or tablet through a new CORNERS Live App to be released soon.
CORNERS Live is a traditional gallery space, a radio broadcaster, and a television channel all existing together within the intimate context of the web browser. Using open source tools powered by Sourcefabric, CORNERS Live provides countless possibilities for continuous networked engagement through which audience can become a participant in the creation process of CORNERS artwork. Co-creator of CORNERS Live, Dominic Smith said: “Through meetings with the ISIS Arts team and the wider CORNERS diaspora it is becoming apparent that we have a real opportunity to build a set of digital tools and a framework on which artwork can thrive.”
This is only the start for CORNERS Live and its success depends on the contribution of both artists and audiences. It is very important for us that CORNERS Live grows and stay relevant, so tune in to check for new CORNERS stories on CORNERS Live’s innovative visual storytelling platform or to listen to a 24/7 rolling schedule of interviews, sound art, music and field recording shared by CORNERS artists on Radio CORNERS.
CORNERS is an international platform for artists and audiences, which aims to establish connections between communities located at the geographical corners of Europe. CORNERS artwork’s mission is to unveil the hidden corners on the map of Europe, to give voice to underrepresented communities and to shine a light on issues and topics of local significance to those communities. ISIS Arts leads the digital strand of CORNERS and works closely with a large network of partners in the North East and across Europe.
Find out more about CORNERS projects and artists here.
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