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Room to Bloom

Room to Bloom is a training and peer learning programme that supports 100 young feminist artists. 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 partnership involves artistic and cultural organisations from France (Alternatives Européennes), Sweden (Museums of Cultures of the World, Gothenburg), Italy (Studio Rizoma) and Germany/Greece (AthenSyn).

 

Associated partners include the Kiev Biennale, Warsaw Biennale, Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo, Fundacio Aroa (ES), Gals 4Gals (PL), Izolyatsia (UA), Fundacja Nasz Wybór (PL) and other informal partners from Ukraine, Poland and beyond.

 

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Background

Whereas migrants and women, from Malevich to Picasso, from Tamara de Lempicka to Sonia Delaunay, famously contributed to the making of European Arts, their access to the world of arts remains extremely limited today.

 

Beyond a few famous faces, women and migrants struggle to be effectively contributing to the making of the European cultural and artistic discourse, not from a lack of ideas or capacities but because the structural obstacles they face are not of those that one can easily fight individually.

 

Room to Bloom recognises that it’s more than time to build on that and provide artists and cultural operators to navigate patriarchalism and racism in the world of arts and to open up the space for them to bloom in a transnational Europe.

 

The project promotes young female and notably artists from migrant backgrounds and provides them with better tools to operate in the European cultural scene. It focusses on postcolonial feminism, and is open to all genders and origins.

 

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.
  • Support emerging artists to produce artwork to be performed and showcased in internationally visible events.
  • Young artists are supported by a board of 15 more experienced artists, who deliver training and accompany the projects’ development.

Artistic production

  • 15 grants of 1000 euros for exhibition at Biennales. 
  • Anti-Manual for a Feminist Art & Cultural Practice – this document will list questions raised by feminist art practice today and present solutions and ideas developed by organisations and artists throughout Europe.
  • Catalogue. 
  • Indexing of Young European Feminist and Migrant background Artists available to all.

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