Currently New Port district is undergoing the process of revitalization reflecting the entire spectrum of related aspects, issues and problematics. We are therefore looking for works socially engaged and developed from a critical point of view. The aspect of reaching out to new audiences plays an important factor as well as ways and methods for building and sustaining a public dialogue. Prior to the Open-Call, a diagnosis has been performed by researchers in order to provide base and knowledge for the participating artists.
Information about Artecitya project
Residency project takes place in the frames of Artecitya project supported by the European program Creative Europe 2014−2020. It is a Europe-wide project bringing together artists, architects, town planners and citizens to re-create the cities we want to live in. The priority is to stimulate a vigorously innovative approach to the concept of urban life taking into account the sociological evolution and people's needs.
Artecitya groups 9 co-organizers from around Europe (Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovenia) devoted to planning and developing towns and cities particularly regarding their architectural and artistic content. Working side by side for several years on a rigorous programme of activity, the partners have obtained practical experience and developed methods of intervening in urban development directly involving artists, architects, town planners and the local populations.
Information about CCA Laznia
The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art was is a public cultural institution established in 1998. Its mission is to show and promote contemporary art as a means of expressing universal values, and an element of world cultural heritage. The centre does so by presenting the latest developments in contemporary art, showing the process of change that art is undergoing, engaging cultural and social phenomena taking place around the world, and educating in relation to these issues. Both Lower Town and Nowy Port districts where the CCA Łaźnia branches are located are a part of local revitalisation plan. One of the aim of the gallery is to engage strategies of contemporary art in the renewal processes of the neighbourhood. Doing so we are especially interested in the social impact of different artistic activities. The gallery programme is based on one hand on the analyses of issues of state of contemporary art, on the other on interrogation of culture and education immersed in a social context.
The entire 3rd floor of the newly rebuilt former bathhouse building in New Port district of Gdańsk is dedicated to artists. The building consists also of a gallery, cinema, library and workshop space, that can be all used by the artists according to their needs. The living accommodation provides potential for many types of Art based activities to take place such as discussions, film screenings and social events.
Programme of artist residencies and research is a relatively new area of activities in Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art. Invited artists go in line with the main programs of the institution - art in public space, Art & Science, initiating international exchange and dialogue. Residency program is aimed at Polish and international artists. One of its main objectives is to open space for creative dialogue. While developing individual residencies it is important for us to build a network of collaboration with artists from other disciplines, local communities, scientists and representatives of other industries.
One of the main areas of CCA Łaźnia residency programme are projects that relate to socially engaged activities. The point of departure is to turn upside down the asymmetrical relationship between a creator and the recipient. The invited artists examine the role of art public and stimulate the changes by engaging them at every stage of their work.
Artecitya project supported by the European program Creative Europe 2014−2020.
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