The International event, “Accessible Arts: Museums, Communities and Socially Excluded groups” is organised by NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai“ with the support of the European Commission and Lithuanian Council for Culture, and in a partnership with the National Gallery of Art, Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania, Lithuanian Museums Association, Lithuanian Counties Association and Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University.
June 14-15, 2017
“Today the cultural sector is given responsibility to find ways to make art accessible to a diverse public. Museums, artists and cultural organisations can stimulate social change and openness across society, create conditions for people of different ages and interests to explore cultural processes, to gather and participate in an activity of self-realisation,” – say the conference organisers, – “The cultural sector is of great importance in reducing social exclusion and building and strengthening communities”
The international event, “Accessible arts: museums, communities and socially excluded groups“ is focused on questions around how artists and cultural organisations can influence transformative change in society. If museums aspire to become the centre of communities, they should evolve into a learning organisations, with participatory governance at their core, and acknowledge that if they play a role in the lives of their communities, they have the potential to generate their audience’s emotional link with, and sustained interest in culture. New forms of communication can help museums to engage with socially excluded people, suggesting ways in which they could take part in cultural processes, to better acknowledge themselves and others through the arts. Similarly, individual or groups of artists can take a leading role in developing and strengthening communities. Artists, a museum, and cultural organisations, can become researchers investigating cases of social exclusion in societies.
The event is free, but you need to register for the event.
Psychologist, professional dancer, dance for health and well-being practitioner. Applies dance to support health and well-being of diverse audiences. Was lead artist in the project “Dance Laboratory” (2014-2015, organiser – NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai”), which engaged people with mental health issues, memory loss, people with learning disabilities and seniors. Since 2015 she organises creative dance and movement sessions at Kaunas Mental Health Centre. Asta contributed to Multisensory activity programme development in the MA&A project.
Educator, accessible arts ambassador. As an education curator at the „Butler“ gallery in Kilkenny, she implements programmes for diverse audiences. After completing internship at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Bairbre-Ann became increasingly more involved in the access programming for people living with dementia. She continually gives presentations in international conferences, leads trainings. Bairbre-Ann twice led training programme based on MoMA model “Meet me“ for the museum educators in Lithuania (2014, 2015), and this helped to include the theme of access programming in museums into a wider conversation.
is art historian and museum educator, interested in art, people and combinations thereof. She received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute (London, 2015) and now works as a postdoc researcher in the University of Helsinki and as a visiting lecture in Aalto University. Her research interests include contemporary art, audience participation, art institutions and the social context of art. Previously, she worked as the Head of Education at the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma. She is also a founding member and a former president of the Finnish Museum Educators’ Association.
Arts for Health researcher and creative thinker at NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai”. PhD in Biomedical sciences (Public Health). Her doctoral dissertation study findings suggest, that arts activity as a workplace intervention, can be used to improve nursing staff health and well-being, help to reduce stress and fatigue, foster creativity, strengthen peer relationships and increase a sense of community at work. Simona’s subjects of professional interest include: arts for health, access to culture for vulnerable groups, the impact of arts activity/creativity on well-being and mental health, occupational well-being with the main focus on the health care staff well-being at work (doi:10.3390/ijerph13040435).
The Artistic Director of an artist led organisation “The Cad Factory”, which creates an international program of new and immersive work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and places. The experimental and contemporary arts practice of the artist, who holds a Master of Arts, involves working with sound, video, installation and performance, with a particular interest in site-specific work. Vic is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities, and he aims to use his work to contribute to a broader conversations about the role that the arts sector can play within our communities. Vic sits on the NSW/ACT Arts/Health State Leadership Group, he’s a board member of Music NSW. Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia (2015) and the recipient of the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship (2014/16). More about his work: www.vicmcewan.com/; www.cadfactory.com.au/; https://issuu.com/vicmcewan/docs/the_harmonic_oscillator_draf
After graduating in painting at Vilnius Academy of Arts, since 2009 works as an education curator at the National Gallery of Arts. Member of the Lithuanian Museums Association Education Section. Eglė continually attends qualification improvement programmes, organises seminars for museum professionals (themes of presentations: “Engaging activities in museums”, “Children with autism spectrum disorders in museums“). In collaboration with partners creates and implements art workshop programmes for diverse audiences. In 2016 along with colleagues curated cross-disciplinary exhibition “Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond”, exhibition “The Art in the Dark: Tactile Sculpture Exhibition from Lithuanian Art Museum’s Collection” for blind and partially sighted visitors. Created and implemented Lithuanian Museums Association event “The Market of Ideas” (2015, 2016). Eglė contributed to Multisensory activity programme development in the MA&A project.
Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), a specialist research and development unit that explores the relationship between creativity, culture, the arts and health and which was established in 1987. He is Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice at the Manchester School of Arts; a founding member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the North West Arts and Health Network representative. Clive leads arts for health training, lectures, seminars and workshops and is continually invited as a key note speaker in mayor international arts for health events.
He regularly blogs at: http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/.
Cultural projects initiator, manager, curator, arts for health researcher, director of the NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai”. Cross-sectorially operating Socialiniai meno projektai implements arts projects (plays, exhibitions, performances, and creative experiments), creative arts (participatory) workshop programmes, training, arts for health research, public events that aim to promote well-being and improve the access to arts and culture for the diverse audiences.
Artist, Art Educator at the National Gallery in Denmark. She develops and runs inclusion projects in close cooperation with colleagues at the museum and in partnership with language schools and meeting places for immigrants and refugees. The goal of her work is to attract and collaborate with a wider audience. Annette also runs the museum's guided tours and is constantly developing new ways of communicating on artworks. Keywords for her work are diversity, participation and creativity. Annette holds an MA in Nordic Literature and Language and is going to complete a BA in Art History in 2017. She has many years of experience in teaching, communication and writing. She is a visual artist and has exhibited in Denmark and a number of other countries.
This international event is a unique opportunity to get inspired and find new project partners. “Socialiniai meno projektai” invites artists, and cultural activists to share their practice and projects, that aim to increase access to culture and strengthen communities of vulnerable and socially excluded groups. More...
The international event is a part of the Erasmus+ programme project Museums, Art & Alzheimer‘s and the research project An evaluation of the accessibility of Lithuanian Art Museums services for people from socially excluded groups. The Erasmus+ programme Project "Museums, Art & Alzheimer‘s“ is funded by European Commission. The research project “An evaluation of the accessibility of Lithuanian Art Museums services for people from socially excluded groups” is funded by The Lithuanian Council for Culture and The Ministry Culture of The Republic of Lithuania.