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Contemporary Self-Portraits
Start date: 03 Sep 2012,

The Contemporary Self-Portraits (CSP) project focuses on giving individuals, local communities and different European regions ways of expressing their personal, local and European identity through self-portraits. Participants will gain an experience of being important, seen and heard as they are. Other objectives of CSP are: - Developing workshop methods and ways of making self-portraits and communal art- Encouraging international dialogue and cross-border cooperation of community art professionals, artists and students, in order to create regional self-portraits of different areas - Producing period pieces of local and regional self-portraits and communicating local and regional identities through themTurku University of Applied Sciences (FI) will be the lead partner of CSP. The partner consortium has long-term experience in self-portrayal, method development, communal arts, curating, organising exhibitions and cooperation on European level. The partners of the consortium are: Association ISSP (LV), Bildmuseet (SE), Estonian Academy of Arts and National Academy of Arts and Design (IE). CSP partners have defined their primary workshop target groups: disadvantaged communities, elderly, immigrants, school classes, students and work communities. However, also the artists and other professionals who lead the workshops are expected to gain new perspectives and ideas to their profession as well as the arts students and lecturers from the participating higher education institutions.Main outputs:- Over 20 self-portrait workshops lead by artists- Experience of importance and being seen and heard for many groups of people in several countries- Exhibitions in each partner country presenting workshop results- Compiled digital presentation of the selected workshop outputs from each partner country- Exhibition during the Final Symposium presenting outputs from all workshops- Printed publication about the project results and developed methodologies.
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