The main goal of “Art for the Masses? International symposium on different strategies of getting contemporary arts closer to people” held during Bratislava Art festival – BLAF is to bring together cultural spaces, galleries, festivals and independent initiatives from the V4 countries and to show and discuss various ways of getting contemporary visual art closer to people.
One of the biggest problems in the cultural field that all post-socialist countries face nowadays is the lack of interest from the general public. The possible reasons might include poor education in contemporary arts, insufficient funding or dysfunctional institutional background.
The symposium aims to show successful examples of initiatives that work in public space and usually don’t have the typical art audience, but still raise public awareness of contemporary arts and are both creative and impactful. They either bring culture to places where it is absent (Nástupište 1-12 and Periférne centrá from Slovakia), present political art that causes big debates in the society (Artwall Gallery, Prague), change the character of local urban and social space through art projects (Outdoor Gallery, Gdansk), or take contemporary art to various public spaces (PLACCC Festival, Budapest).
The evening will consist of presentations of the invited guests and an open public discussion, where we want to encourage other people doing similar projects to join us. We want to leave space for sharing and exchanging opinions, ideas, and experiences and initiate the establishment of possible new networks. At the venue of the symposium we will provide for a space where also other initiatives from Slovakia, which could not be invited to the main panel, can present themselves with propagation materials, texts, photos, videos, etc., and thus take part at the event.
Art for the Masses? International symposium on different strategies of getting contemporary arts closer to people.
Date & place: 3. 10. 2014 from 6 p.m., Bratislava, Slovakia
Venue: Berlinka café and culture space, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Organizer: Foundation – Center for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia (The event is part of the Bratislava Art Festival, www.blaf.sk)
- Nástupište 1-12 / Platform 1-12, Topoľčany, Slovakia www.nastupiste.sk
- Periférne centrá, Dúbravica, Slovakia www.perifernecentra.com
- Artwall Gallery, Praga, Czech Republic www.artwall.cz
- Galeria Zewnętrzna Miasta Gdańska / Outdoor Gallery, Gdansk, Poland www.outdoorgallerygdansk.eu
- Festiwal PLACCC, Budapest, Hungary placcc-en.nolblog.hu