The European project Green Art Lab Alliance officially started!

The European project Green Art Lab Alliance officially started!

Twenty cultural organizations in Europe have developed a partnership dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and how that can be challenged in practical, ethical and artistic ways, across arts and cultural communities across Europe.

The Green Art Lab Alliance project aims to investigate what environmental sustainability implies for the visual arts and design, in close collaboration with designers, artists and scientists across Europe.

The project, coordinated by Trans Artists, has a total budget of 400,000 euro, of which 50% is co-financed by the EU Culture programme. It will run for two years, ending in March 2015.

During this period the collaborating partners will organize workshops and labs to share knowledge and raise awareness amongst citizens and artists in particular. Furthermore, they will investigate the challenges and opportunities that environmental sustainability implies for the practice of artists and art institutions.

Kick-off meeting at the Jan van Eijck Academy

The GALA project officially started with the kick-off meeting from 5-9 June 2013 at the Jan van Eijck Academy in Maastricht (NL). This first meeting of all partners demonstrated what it is that makes this project so unique: the variety of profiles of participating organisations and different geographical backgrounds offer a diverse approach to the different aspects of sustainability.

There are residencies involved where artists, the general public and partner organisations get the chance to experiment and explore the role of sustainability in the arts. Others are European cultural networks, government related institutes which have impact on (national) policy level, educational institutes and organisations which are stimulating the exchange of scientific knowledge with the creativity of artists. The issues related to sustainability that these organisations are going to address vary from mobility to waste, water and energy.

Read more about the kick-off meeting here.

Follow the Green Art Lab Alliance project

The following activities within the GALA project have taken place or will come up in the coming time:

Sea Change Expedition - Cape Farewell

From 19 August till 8 September Cape Farewell started its second Sea Change expedition which set sail around Scotland’s Northern Isles. 27 leading artists and scientists explored technologies, projects and practices supporting the resilience of Scotland’s island communities and their ecologies and cultures.

The participants included Ursula Biemann, video essayist, theorist and widely exhibited artist based in Zurich. She will report on her impressions and experiences and her reflections will also be part of the second GALA event, which rapidly follows: the River School project organised by the Translocal Institute from Hungary.

The River School project

The River School started with a pre-event at the Whitechapel Gallery in London on 30 August 2013 - a symposium discussion entitled Navigating Ecological Times - which will set the theoretical ground for the workshops and exhibition, as well as be a means to present this project to the international art world.

From September on, a floating lab involving artists, theorists and ecologists will explore issues of art and sustainability, the parallels between navigation and migration in human and animal worlds, as well as the role of environmental protest in the democracy movements of Central Europe. The floating lab will be accompanied by an exhibition and a publication. The overall goal of the River School is to foster new thinking about environmental sustainability and bridge the divide between ecology as a science, contemporary artistic practice, grassroots activism and public policy.

We will keep you posted over the development of the Green Art Lab Alliance in the dedicated section on Trans Artists website.


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


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