CAPP Partner Meeting #4

Agora had the pleasure to join fellow partners of the CAPP Network in Italy during the 56th Venice Biennale between the 4th to 7th of November on the occasion of the 1st Year of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Program, focused on professional development and workshops by and for artists.  
The Venetian appointment gathered members from the 8 European partner organizations (Berlin - Dublin - Madrid . Osnabrück - London - Budapest - Helsinki - Liverpool), 
together with invited artists collaborating with the respective institutions to contribute to a 3 day intensive workshop led by Venetian arts collective: Artway of thinking. 
The CAPP meetings concluded in the Palazzo Mora at the ceremony of the Evens Arts Prize 2015, awarded to Artway of thinking.

"A creative collective journey in which each of us will be co-creator of the strategies to realising the CAPP vision". 

CAPP vision: 
The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) is an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices. The different strands of the CAPP programme consist of national and international professional development opportunities, artist residencies, commissioned works, public presentations and debates, and a major showcase to be held in 2018. Throughout the partner communities CAPP will provide creative spaces with the potential to bring out new conversations, meaningful relationships and transformative forms of collaborative engagement.

In addition, the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme will engage with policy makers, academics, cross-sector partners and diverse communities in the partner countries with a view to facilitating knowledge exchange, dynamic arts programming and cultural policy development. This innovative four year programme seeks to develop new audiences by extending participation in the arts across Europe. 


Artway of Thinking vision:
"We imagine an artist as one who operates, together with other professionals, in the development of the contemporary society; a profesional who is an asset, whose "plus-value" is to bring creative thought into planning, who has the courage to imagine outside the norm and bring innovation into production in many realms. With this image of the artist, the question that we have addressed in our research has been How? How can an artist bring creativity into socially responsible transformation? Today, after living through such experiences, we can affirm that making art for us is, in principle, the way in which we create relationships in the world and through which we build life experiences. Being an artist is an expression of the soul that takes form in work and in daily life. We firmly believe that the responsability of the artist is to act with awareness in order to produce and inspire responsible chances in oneself, in personal relationships, and in society. We have seen that we cannot bring to the world that which we have not already digested ourselves- We have recognized the value of operating in groups, creating together and in an interdisciplinary way. We have made this value our foundation, and from this we seek to activate collective creative processes in social and public environments.
Agora's vision:
, Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices in Berlin.
Currently about to launch the open call for its third edition, AFFECT resembles an immersive summer academy program offering a diverse curriculum of participatory workshops growing out of the research and practice of the facilitating artists, who invite participants to collectively explore a topic and develop a set of practices and research methodologies over the period of one month in the city of Berlin." 

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme is supported by Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) Support for European Co-operation Projects Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

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