One of our partners in the project CORNERS, Pogon – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth are one of the partner organisation in the project RESHAPE.  They are organising an open call for artists and cultural workers who have tried and managed to devise alternative models of working together or have engaged audiences in innovative ways. Read more about the call and apply here:

Join one of 5 teams in developing transnational and experimental tools for supporting contemporary art practices. Take part in the Forum where artists and cultural workers will discuss experimental practices around Europe and Euromed region. Send us info about your work and become a part of the Directory of experimental practices.

RESHAPE wants to bring professionals from Europe and the South Mediterranean together in an experimental process of further developing their innovative practices and help transform the entire arts ecosystem.

Political, economic, technological and ecological changes in our society deeply influence the way in which arts are created, presented and experienced. Not all artists have the same opportunities to present or collaborate internationally. Public policies, industry practices and the market cannot ensure that diverse artistic voices and practices reach potential audiences across Europe. At the same time, artists work more and more across aesthetics, disciplines, national boundaries and sectors. The institutional not-for-profit arts sector – both on the national and European levels – hasn’t been flexible enough to integrate these changes.

There are many innovative models and projects created by arts professionals around Europe and South Mediterranean who, eager to stay true to their values, experiment with different ways of engaging audiences and connecting with other social sectors. These often fragile and unconnected projects are ‘weak signals’ of potential future models. RESHAPE is looking for such artistic initiatives, providing it with time and space to be further developed in a transnational and transregional context. RESHAPE wants to (re)imagine new models of organizing the arts sector.

Concretely, RESHAPE will look at 5 major challenges of the sector and propose:

  • A Directory of initiatives that experiment with alternative practices

  • A Forum to gather various initiatives experimenting with alternative organisational models
  • A process devising concrete, realistic and sustainable solutions

  • RESHAPE will support existing initiatives and projects experimenting with innovative models, creating an opportunity for artists and cultural workers to meet and exchange ideas.

RESHAPE will devise 5 sustainable and innovative prototypes of solutions to 5 challenges posed below.

1. Art and citizenship: How can art better support practicing citizenship together?
2. Fair governance models: How to create open, inclusive and flexible governance models?
3. Value of art in social fabric: How to encourage understanding of and promote the value of art in social fabric?
4. Solidarity funding: How can solidarity funding encourage the vitality of contemporary arts in these uncertain times?
5. Transnational / postnational artistic practices: What framework and tools do artists working transnationally need and how to provide them?

APPLY!

  • SIMPLE AND BASIC: SHARE YOUR INFO in the RESHAPE Directory if you feel that your ideas and actions can be inspirational to other professionals in Europe and the South Mediterranean.
    First deadline: 15 February 2019. APPLICATION FORM HERE. The application will be reopened again during the implementation of the project.
  • ONE STEP FURTHER: ATTEND THE RESHAPE FORUM in Lublin if you want to meet other art professionals who are trying to find ways to adapt their practices to societal changes. The conference is free of charge, partial or full coverage of travel expenses will be offered.
    Deadline: 31 January 2019. APPLICATION FORM HERE.
  • THE FULL MONTY: BECOME A RESHAPER if you want to join 7 other Reshapers to develop solutions to these problems during 2 years. All expenses covered and financial compensation included.
    Deadline: 31 January 2019. APPLICATION FORM HERE.