encounter AiR for Experiment – is there enough room for experiment in the cultural landscape of Europe?

How can artist organizations, artist-in-residence programs and local governments work together at local level to enhance the European cultural landscape? The encounter AiR for Experiment takes place December 2nd at Lijm & Cultuur in Delft, the Netherlands. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Artist organizations and artist-in-residence programs provide open, relational, social spaces embedded in the locality of a village or city. They connect artists and create communities of practitioners: to test ideas, take creative risks and explore new directions in their artistic practice. Many of these initiatives operate internationally and function as local platforms for the production and presentation of new work, as well as the development of discourse, knowledge and understanding, including in the arts and in society. Often they engage in experimental manner in social, economic and cultural structures of a city or region. More and more partners, such as funds and policymakers, follow these developments and connect in search of dialogue and collaboration.

Medium-sized cities in Europe are embedded in the structures and cultural networks of a region, seeking to offer a counterweight to the capital cities that often recruit all the arts and culture. How can dialogue and collaboration between local governments and artist organizations take place in this context? What short and long-term effects can art projects generate for a city or a region? These and other questions will be explored in several case studies together with policymakers, artist organizations and artist-in-residence programs from the Netherlands and different regions in Europe.

One of the starting points of the program for the encounter AiR for Experiment is the recently published book Artist-Run-Europe. Initiated by Pallas Projects in Dublin, this part how-to manual, part history, and part socio-political critique, looks at the conditions, organizational models, and role of artist-led practice within contemporary art and society within Europe. Accordingly AiR Platform NL and Platform BK instigated an investigation about the parameters of the artist-run model, operating within the setting of small cities and villages in the Netherlands. With the aim to compose, together with the outcomes of the program, the first draft of a document of recommendations; working together towards more diverse arts-ecologies.

The encounter AiR for Experiment is a collaborative venture between id11 and DutchCulture | Transartists in the context of the EU project CreArt.

Friday December 2nd 2016 09.30– 20.00 hrs.
Download here the primarily program for the encouter.

Lijm & Cultuur
Rotterdamseweg 272
2628 AT Delft
The Netherlands

Before November 25th 2016 – info@id11.nl
Day ticket € 15.00 (including lunch)
Day ticket € 30.00 (including lunch and networking dinner)



Photo: Esther Tamboer – id11 FLAT_land 2009