Room to Bloom

Room to Bloom supports 100 young feminist artists. It is a training and peer learning programme. It funds 15 artistic productions, which will be staged in international Biennales (Palermo, Kiev, Warsaw). The supported artists will engage in constructing feminist and postcolonial artistic narratives of Europe.

The objective is to create a network of artists who create feminist and postcolonial transnational artistic narratives of Europe. The project proposes to bring back the periphery to the centre of the European Cultural Narrative.

By associating people who – too often – occupy a peripheral place in the world of arts and places who are considered to be geographically peripheral (Sicily, Ukraine, Poland, Greece), the project aims at building a discourse on European Culture that is fully built on the experience and knowledge of the periphery and to bring it back to the centre.

The project partnership involves arts institutions and partners from France (Alternatives Européennes), Sweden (Museums of Cultures of the World, Gothenburg), Italy (Alternative Europee IT) and Germany/Greece (AthenSyn). It includes informal partners from Ukraine, Poland and beyond.

The project will:

  • Train, assist and support of 100 young promising artists and create professional opportunities.
  • Create a network of feminist artists and migrant background artists, made of more established and younger artists and arts professionals
  • Formulate proposals for running post-colonial feminist art practices
  • Create feminist and post-colonial narratives for a Transnational Europe, which is expressed through the final productions by 15 young artists for young innovative Biennales.

Room to Bloom project will specifically:

  • Organise a regional forum for artists (ArtGora 2021) in Kiev, which aims to set the grounds for further reflection and collaboration of about 40 artists. The forum will produce a manifesto, which will provide the red-line for the development of an Anti-Manual for Postcolonial Feminist art practice.
  • Organise two trainings on Eco-Feminism (Greece) and on Postcolonial Feminism (Greater Paris), aiming at developing the capacities of young artists. The development of a shareable training manual will accompany the process. (30 artists each)
  • Create a European transnational network of feminist and post-colonial established artists, which can act as a support group and a resource for the direct members of the network, and beyond that for a larger audience of art institutions and cultural managers.
  • Support emerging artists to produce artwork to be performed and showcased in internationally visible events.
  • Facilitate access to women and postcolonial artists, which practice will be duly documented during the process in order to provide an index, a database of relevant artistic projects and art practices.
  • Contribute to developing consciousness of the challenges of postcolonial feminist art practices among cultural managers and practitioners, institutions and funders.
  • Contribute to improving and developing the practice of feminist postcolonial management of the partners’ institutions themselves.
  • Reinforce burgeoning collaboration between geographically peripheral Biennales.

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