Tackling community issues through creative action.
From May till July 2012, A-Team: Artists for Change will realise four creative processes in Sweden, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovenia. Each A-Team consists of
- 1 artist (from another country)
- 1 project manager (who represents the hosting Trans Europe Halles centre)
- 1 local mediator (local community professional or volunteer leading the community dimension, whose professional skills ideally relate to the A-Team´s task)
Each team will work with a community for approximately 1 month, addressing a specific question of relevance to the local community. The work will be carried out through close partnerships between the independent cultural centres in question, the artist and the local inhabitants. This is the place where the 4 A-Teams will be documented.
What are the overall project aims of the A-Team?
- Test practices for sustainable working relationships between artists and the community
- Create opportunities led by independent cultural centres whereby local communities and European cultural workers intersect to address issues of civic concern through stimulating art processes
- Liberate artistic potential in addressing these issues. Create possibilities for artists to use their skills on a wider platform
- Provide the community with an outcome and a post-project plan for further collaboration on the issues in question, if necessary
- Documentation of the 4 A-Teams on the A-Team blog.
On what principles is the A-Team concept based?
- Relevance of the work to the local community: the process should be as close to, accessible and meaningful for locals as possible.
- Collaborations: in order to build bridges with the local community it is useful to create partnerships with other local associations, organisations, administrations, individuals.
- Process before product orientation: each A-Team starts with a theme/topic to address collaboratively and it’s mission is to provide possible solutions through creative action.
- Shared decision making: the A-Team process evolves as a set of equal relationships and an organic process between the three stakeholders: the artist, the centre (represented by the centres A-Team manager), the local community (represented by the mediator).
When and where will it all happen?
A-Teams are planned to be realised as follows:
May/ June 2012 in NOASS, Riga (Latvia)
July 2012 in Not Quite, Fengersfors (Sweden), Pekarna, Maribor (Slovenia) and Pro Rodopi Foundation, Bostina (Bulgaria)