Grundtvig Learning Partnership, 2010-2012
UK, Germany, Denmark
The “In between Out” project was a learning and skills sharing partnership between four organisations working with marginalised/outsider artists. In 2010 the four arts organisations came together to create an ambitious project to bring together artists with enduring mental helth needs from across Europe, to learn and work together. The partners were: GAIA Museum, Denmark; Pinel, Berlin; Art Cru, Berlin and The Other Side Gallery, London.
- Create public awareness of the this area of work
- Skill and experience sharing as part the creative process
- Gain insight to other ways of working
- Marginalised/outsider artists will be able to form a European network
- To make visits to the participating organisations
- To lessen the gap between marginalised and mainstream art and to raise awareness
- Marginalised/outsider artist will gain confidence and learn new skills
- Marginalised artist will be able to communicate/network with artists in other parts of Europe
- To build partnerships, broaden communication and to create a lasting learning process which will continue beyond the end of the project funding
The duration of the project was 24 months (June 2010 – July 2012) During this period of time three trips including 2 days of workshops in Randers (DK), Berlin (DE) and London (UK were organized. Each partner organization participated on the workshops with a minimum of six persons. All together more than 100 artists, art directors and social workers attended the different workshops in three countries of the European Union.
The general topic of the project was the theme “Cirkles”. The Theme helped to have a certain guideline during the execution of the workshops even though every artsts was totally free in choosing there individual work process or their interpretation of the theme. Many of the participating artists never had the opportunity to travel nor to fly even once in their lives. By travelling to different countries all participators made very unique experiences and gained sustainable contacts and friendships. Inspires by the exchange of impressions, cultural diversity, communication – verbal and non verbal.
The objectives of the partnership were divided into three segments: activation, integration and cultivation awareness.
The first goal was to open a communication process for the participation of European partners to exchange knowledge and experiences of art therapy and the artistic work of the clients/service users. To start the creative process for a collective exhibition and to delegate the different tasks which can be for individuals or collaborations of staff and artists. The above description was a general context to deliver a foundation for the partners attempting to learn from success and failures. This allowed each partner to comprehend the individual context by actually being a part of the collective operational (artistic and therapeutic) procedures.
The second goal was to create an integration of learned, collectively developed and discussed issues from the staff and the artists. The partners were asked to adopt new and innovative methods of artistic creation and therapeutic practices. Integration meant at first to achieve a high level of communication between the partners and to follow a detailed project plan. A result was the process of making a European touring arts exhibition. Another was to make a sustainable exchange of knowledge from the staff and the artists which extended beyond the duration of the project.
Cultivation of awareness
The third objective addressed the cultivation of awareness of the general public about the outstanding art work from people with disabilities. The participating therapists and artists were defined as the main target group of the learning partnership. The general public and the encironment of each partner constituted the second target group. Therefor the centre of interests concerning the cultivation of awareness was to be found in encouraging the “outsiders” (as in the general public) to gain insifhts into the art work of people with disabilities and for the artists to gain recognition for their work “outside-IN”
Individual artists were encouraged to share their own experiences of the project, display their art work and create a personal statement on the website. The general public were able to access the artwork via the online gallery and the exhibition of the work at GAIA Museum in May 2012.