Venice, Luxembourg, Johannesburg, Seoul… arts education is international and universal, and ABC has been repeatedly invited in the recent past to the cities cited here. We’ve organised mobile studios, workshops or master classes, or we were a guest speaker there. We also attended and attend interesting networking events, festivals or conferences, ideal places to exchange experiences, dialogue and reflection (including in Hamburg, Leeds, Bologna, Paris, Lecce, Kolping, etc).
Since early 2015, ABC is part of the ‘Transbook project’, a collaboration with six other European partners on illustration and picture books (both in print and in digital form). Other international projects that are in the pipeline include: a project on performance art and public mediation (via APAP, Advancing Performing Arts Project), and on architecture education (in collaboration with the Moravian Gallery, Brno/Czech Republic).
Something is moving in the world of illustration and the picture book, in part due to globalization and digitization. To examine how we can take on these new challenges, and to provide a broad forum to illustrators, “Transbook-Children’s Literature on the Move” was developed. It is a European collaboration of seven partners with the main objectives being to explore new avenues for creation, and to make exchanges possible between artists themselves and the cultural practices of different countries. ABC is one of the seven Transbook partners. Over the next four years we will host regular lectures, workshops, master classes, small exhibitions, etc, to give young and old the opportunity to experience the aesthetic qualities and visual poetry of picture books, both in print and in the digital version.
Other partners are: Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (France), Europäische Kinder-und Jugendbuchmesse Saarbrücken (Germany), Tantàgora (Spain), Nobrow Ltd. (England), Liter Arne informacné center (Slovakia) and Hamelin Associazione Culturale (Italy)More info about ABC activities …
ABC was contacted by the European network APAP, Advancing Performing Arts Projects. APAP, founded in 2000 and supported by the European union, focuses on the exchange of artistic activities of performance artists and cultural workers and their know-how. For the next four years (from 2016) APAP will bet heavily on public innovation and public mediation.
How do you look at contemporary performance art (dance, theater, crossover, visual music)? What is its relationship with respect to society? How do contemporary performing artists work, and why? These are just some of the questions that lie at the basis of this project, with the ultimate goal to give the average spectator tools (to learn) to look more consciously and personally at contemporary performing art. Main target groups: adolescents and future teachers/educational workers.
ABC will, in conjunction with eleven European partners, develop various multidisciplinary modules to inform the public and especially to raise awareness. A balance between the local art practices and the international context is of great importance.
The partners are: Szene Salzburg, Buda Kortrijk, BIT Teatergarasjen Mountains, Central Fies DRO, Fundacja Ciało / Umysl Warsaw, Maison de la Culture in Amiens, Student Center Zagreb -Culture of Change, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Teatro Nacional Lisboa, Amandiers Nanterre, Reykjavik dance festival + Lokal Theatre festival
THE VIEW OF THE CHILD
ABC is also part of ‘The View of the Child,’ an international cross-disciplinary network of teachers, researchers, architects, designers, historians, educators and curators interested in developing new participatory models of design in learning environments.