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Open Call: School of Participation for Creative Practitioners interested in Community Art and Anthropology in the City

Kunstlabor Graz and Walk the Plank invite artists and artistic practitioners to take part in the School of Participation in Austria from 1 to 8 August. The School offers the participants the opportunity to meet and interact with creative practitioners from across Europe and explore artistic strategies, tactics and methods of community art in urban space.

A large Tartu 2024 photo wall and a bicycle in the park.
01. Jun Kaidi-Lisa Kivisalu

Photo: School of Participation

In recent decades, cities have undergone dramatic social, economic and cultural changes, triggering debates about the design and the use of urban space. For one week, the School of Participation will explore an artistic research process on topics of urban development, gentrification, living together, social segregation and displacement. The participants will find out how people living in Graz (and elsewhere) experience those changes and how they would create urban spaces if they were asked to bring in their ideas.

The School of Participation invites 25 practitioners to work together – applicants may be artists, teachers, scientists, students, activists, volunteers etc. but must be interested in collaborative artistic processes. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the school.

If travelling to Graz is not possible, online workshops will start earlier, in July 2021.

To apply, send your CV and a brief personal statement (interests, motivation) to Triin Pikk, [email protected], +372 5340 7118

. Deadline: 10 June 2021.

Based on the School of Participation’s artistic research in the field, the school is going to work in specific workshops with different techniques. Applicants must notify their specific interests (please choose 2 maximum):

  • photography & video
  • staged photography & social-historical topics
  • soundscapes (city sounds, voices & audio editing)
  • costume & stage design
  • text, dramaturgy, performance

For further questions please contact:

Triin Pikk, [email protected], +372 5340 7118