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Barents Visual Arts in 1970 - 1980 (THE NORTHERN BEAUTY)
Start date: Apr 12, 2012, End date: Jan 11, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims at enhancing co-operation in arts and culture, especially concerning visual arts and art history. The objective is to build up a network for implementing multilateral activities such as exhibitions, workshops and symposiums. The networks task will be to increase awareness about rich and diverse arts and cultural heritage of the North.In the background there is the fact that during the last years the number of multilateral cultural projects across our region (North Calotte and Northwest Russia) has strongly declined. There is though a strong interest for cooperation. There is a demand of a new generation of cultural pioneers and entrepreneurs who are able to take the cultural cooperation into a higher level and to meet new challenges. Achievements: Northern Beauty – Barents Visual Arts in the 1970s and the 1980s was a central graspable outcome of the project. It is a publication to increase the awareness of the rich and diverse visual arts and cultural heritage of the North Calotte. It is also a partly forgotten history of cultural contacts in the North Calotte area. Almost 1500 copies of the publication were distributed widely in order to spread the information on the unique northern art to as wide public as possible. Through collaboration, partners were able to develop activities that draw attention to the cultural heritage of the Barents region: - 4 transferable exhibitions,- 4 thematic symposiums, - 27 guided tours for young people and - 1 additional promotional event. All together, the events attracted over 7000 visitors in partner countries.The project built up a network between cultural actors and arts historians. The partners established strong scientific and professional ties and intend to continue further cooperation within the Northern Beauty network of art professionals and historians. The Future Master Plan is a concrete document regarding this.
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