Culture and Participation – Pathways to a more plural art
Isto é PARTIS & Art for Change 2023
LocationAuditorium 3 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Live broadcast. Simultaneous interpretation in Portuguese and English.
Portuguese Sign Language interpretation.
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
Annis Joslin (England) is an artist and filmmaker with a collaborative approach, making work through conversations and participatory encounters and using different approaches – drawing, animation, photography, performance and storytelling – to create digital works of art. She has been lead artist Associate with Project Art Works since 2003, collaborates with artist Sarah Cole (Cole & Joslin) and is co-director of Corridor. She has shown work in the UK and internationally with organisations such as People United, The Royal College of Physicians, The National Trust, Tate Exchange, The Women’s Library and The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Artistic Director and founding choreographer of Cia. Danza Vinculados (Granada, 2013) and the associated professional company LamatDance Company, Carmen has an extensive curriculum as a choreographer, contemporary dance teacher and director of international projects. For seven years she has worked as a choreographer, teacher and creative agent, leading and implementing creative pedagogy projects for the Royal Opera House and Creative Partnerships in London and Essex. At Cía. Danza Vinculados, she has directed inclusive dance projects and promoted research with new technologies in creative processes and participatory art projects.
Catarina Gomes works in media, innovation and journalism. She creates and develops projects relating to human rights and innovation in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The common thread is technological innovation for social impact. Among many other initiatives, she was part of the founding team of the global and multi-award-winning Love Matters project and of NowHereMedia, an immersive documentary production house, and is now working with MANICÓMIO, where she designs business models and launched projects such as a creative agency and the “Consultas sem Paredes” project (“Site-specific visits”). Catarina holds a Master’s degree from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cláudia R. Sampaio
Cláudia studied at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and was a screenwriter for cinema and television, but she has now dedicated herself exclusively to writing and painting. She has published six poetry books thus far: “Os dias da Corja” (2014), “A primeira urina da manhã” (2015), “Ver no escuro” (2016), “1025mg” (2017), “Outro nome para a solidão” (2018) and “Já não me deito em pose de morrer” (2020). Her paintings have been showcased in several international and national exhibitions and are part various private collections. She lives in Lisbon with her two cats: Polly Jean and Aurora. Cláudia has been represented by MANICÓMIO since 2018.
Daniela holds a degree in Clinical Psychology from ISPA and is a certified member of the Portuguese Psychologists Association. She focuses her work on mentoring, psychology and training, integrating methodologies of psychodrama, contemporary dance and theatre. She is a founding member, director and joker/mediator of the Lupa Group of Theatre. Daniela collaborates in the Orquestra Geração and Orquestra de Afectos projects.
Born in the north of England, he graduated in Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts from the University of Warwick and moved to Portugal in 1990. He co-founded and was artistic director of the Regional Theatre of Serra do Montemuro until 2004. He has lived in Viseu since 2005, working as a director, actor and translator. He is artistic director of CEM Palcos, where he coordinates projects such as A HORTA DE DEMÉTER, DIÁLOGOS, NOVe and TEATRO MAIS PEQUENO DO MUNDO.
As an associate artist of Teatro Viriato, he is part of several creative projects, coordinates the youth training project KCena, and develops internationalisation projects, such as QUA LUXAN NON and TCHILOLI.
Hugo works in the intersection between artistic creation and civic and political participation as a creator, cultural programmer and researcher. Among his several publications, most noteworthy are the coordination of the books Art and Community (2015) and Art and Hope (2019), by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Hugo is part of the external evaluation team of the PARTIS & Art for Change initiative – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation/BPI. He is artistic director of the MEXE_International Art and Community Meeting and of several theatre projects in co-development with local communities, namely at schools, prisons, social neighbourhoods and in people’s homes.
Ignasi is a cultural manager with nearly 30 years of experience. Since 2007, he has been the director of the cultural and scientific division of “la Caixa” Foundation, the leading private foundation in Spain and the third largest in the world in terms of executed annual budget. He is responsible for programming for a network of nine cultural and science museums (known as CaixaForum and Cosmocaixa) that make a vital contribution to cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Palma, Zaragoza and Seville. He also gives impetus to a series of pop-up touring exhibitions and a number of highly regarded community art projects across Spain and Portugal.
Luís de Melo Jerónimo
Luís has been Director of the Gulbenkian Sustainable Development Programme since January 2020. He has been a member of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 2006, where he was Project Manager (2011-2016) and Deputy Director (2017-2018) of the Gulbenkian Human Development Program, coordinating projects in the area of social innovation and impact investment. Luís is a currently a member of the Board of Directors of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and Non-Executive Administrator of MAZE, a startup dedicated to impact investment created by the Gulbenkian Foundation.
Martin Sarkis Essayan is the great grandson of the founder Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian. He was born in 1959. He has been a Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 20 July 2005 taking over responsibility for the UK branch and Armenian Communities Department from his father. He is also a Trustee of the St Sarkis Charity Trust set up by the founder to support two of his creations: the St Sarkis Church in London and the Gulbenkian Library in Jerusalem.
Mickaelle divides her work between dance and contemporary circus. She graduated from Forum Dança. She has collaborated with international companies and choreographers, in particular Candoco, Dançando com a Diferença, and Abigail Yager (Trisha Brown Dance Company). Mickaella often participates in debates on contemporary dance and inclusive arts. She was on the jury panel of the Access Culture Award (2014, 2021 and 2022), and was a consultant and part of the jury support team of the 2nd edition of the PARTIS & Arts for Change initiative, by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She regularly collaborates with INAC – National Institute of Circus Arts, Acesso Culture, and with choreographers Sara Anjo and Clara Andermatt.
Nicolás holds a PhD in Political Science and is associate professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His main area of research is cultural policy analysis and evaluation, particularly in the field of cultural rights and inequalities. He is co-author of the first Survey of cultural participation and cultural needs in Barcelona. He has published books, chapter books and papers in international journals and contributed to the planning, implementation and assessment of cultural and educational projects.
Patricia Finnegan is Artist Development Lead at Project Arts Work and has been working as a freelance artist and educator for over ten years. Her practice focuses on elements of painting and printmaking, working from drawings and photographs to create layered images on wood, paper and canvas. In 2010, Patricia completed a Master’s Degree in Art and Design in Education, combining research with her work as an artist facilitator, a field she continues to explore.
Paula Cardoso is the founder of the digital community Afrolink, which promotes the visibility of African professionals and those of Afro-descendant living in Portugal or with ties to the country. She is also the author of Força Africana, a series of children’s books, is part of the talk-show O Lado Negro da Força, and currently the host of the second season of the Black Excellence Talk Series on RTP Africa. Born in Mozambique, Paula graduated in International Relations and worked as a journalist for 17 years, a career started at the magazine Visão. She is author of the chronicle Mutação on investigative journalism platform Setenta e Quarto, is one of the chroniclers of independent journalism platform Gerador, and is part of the content production team of the television programme Jantar Indiscreto.
Susana C. Gaspar
Actress, director and theatre teacher, accumulating research, project management and artistic and cultural mediation. She is a PhD student in Art Studies – Art and Mediations, at FCSH/UNL. Susana has extensive experience in community intervention and cultural mediation projects, as director and facilitator, with different audiences. Her artistic creation often combines documentary theatre and human rights. Between 2021 and 2022, she led the SenteMente project – artistic practices for women’s well-being and mental health, supported by the PARTIS & Art for Change programme. Susana coordinates the Human Rights Platform project in Portugal.
Kate Adams is an artist, advocate and activist. She is Director and CEO of Project Art Works and has curated many responsive, collaborative projects with neurominorities, families, care services, artists and galleries. Kate co-founded Project Art Works in 1997 to explore an expanded concept of art that was and continues to be influenced by Paul Colley, her son, who has complex support needs. Their work embraces personalised studio practice, peer support, films, installations and exhibitions. Kate’s practice disrupts preconceptions about what people can and can’t do, who they are and how they live, revealing other ways of being and seeing the world.
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
— BREAK —
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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