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The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art

Project description

Training for socially engaged art

Socially engaged art aims to create social and political change through collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions for the creation of participatory art. The EU-funded FEINART project includes an extensive collaboration between degree-awarding research centres in political philosophy, art theory and cultural management, and the independent European art sector. It provides the first interdisciplinary and holistic investigation of the democratic role and function of socially engaged art in Europe. It plans to train 11 researchers, providing them with relevant academic and non-academic skills to engage with the challenges of this new artistic and cultural landscape.

Objective

FEINART is an extensive collaboration between degree-awarding research-centres in political philosophy, art theory/practice
and curatorial studies/cultural management, and the independent European art sector, as the basis for the first
interdisciplinary and holistic investigation of the democratic role and function of socially engaged art in Europe. In this it will
train 11 Early-Stage Researchers in order to provide the relevant academic and non-academic skills to engage with the
challenges of this new artistic and cultural landscape. The 11 ESRs will be spread across four academic Beneficiaries
(University of Wolverhampton University of Iceland, University of Edinburgh, Zeppelin University, Germany) and 7 Partner
Organizations (Tensta Konstall, Sweden; BAK, Netherlands; State of Concept, Greece; W-Est, Italy; Tranzit.ro Romania;
Teatr Scena Prezentacje (Biennale Warsawa), Poland; and Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Iceland). The selected POs represent an exemplary cross section of small-scale and larger independent spaces - projects spaces, cultural centres, art labs/research hubs -
working under different demands and expectations, yet all providing invaluable support and resources for artists working in
the area of socially engaged practice. The training programme, as such, will provide invaluable data about the distribution,
impact, and role of socially engaged art, as a future contribution to funding policy recommendations on state support of art
beyond the museum’s traditional functions, and debates on art and public culture.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
Net EU contribution
€ 909 517,68
Address
WULFRUNA STREET
WV1 1LY Wolverhampton
United Kingdom

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Wolverhampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 909 517,68

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