Culture and Participation – Pathways to a more plural art

Isto é PARTIS & Art for Change 2023

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A conference organised by the “la Caixa” and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundations for reflection on diversity, accessibility, artistic and cultural participation.

The conference comprises a space to reflect on and discuss diversity in cultural participation, focusing on the theme of mental health and neurodiversity and the sharing of experiences by international guests such as Nicolás Barbieri (Spain), and of projects such as Project Art Works (UK) and Companhia Danza Vinculados (Spain) and the Portuguese Manicómio and Cem Palcos, among other projects.

The day ends with presentation of the book Arte, reinvenção e futuros (Art, Reinvention and Futures), which collates reflections on the third edition of the PARTIS initiative.

Image © Carlos Porfírio




10:30 / Welcome

Martin Essayan – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Ignasi Miró – “la Caixa” Foundation

11:00 – 12:30 / Mental health and neurodiversity – for a more plural art

Catarina Gomes – Manicómio, PT
Cláudia R. Sampaio – Manicómio, PT
Patricia Finnegan – Project Art Works, UK
Annis Joslin – Project Art Works, UK
Kate Adams – Project Art Works, UK

Moderator: Susana C. Gaspar – theatre artist and researcher

14:30 – 14:50 / The right to participate in cultural life. How and for whom?

Nicolás Barbieri – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, ES

14:50 – 16:10 / Experiences with regard to participation in artistic projects

Carmen Vilches – Companhia Danza Vinculados, ES
Graeme Pulleyn – Cem Palcos, PT
Nicolás Barbieri – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, ES

Moderator: Paula Cardoso – founder of Afrolink


16:30 – 17:30 / Art, reinvention and future
Presentation of the book on the 3rd edition of the PARTIS initiative

Hugo Cruz – coordinator of the book
Daniela Leal – Orquestra de Afectos project
Mickaella Dantas – dancer, consultant

Moderator: Luís de Melo Jerónimo – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

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