About Artability Project
Artability Project description
Artability is a 2 years project based on the sharing of good practices mobilising people with disability into lifelong learning process through laboratories on visual art techniques and management of art exhibitions, as well as through strengthening their belief in personal capabilities. The project aims to reverse the mainstream educational concept that only considers people with disability as consumers and not producers of knowledge.
Artability is based on the strong belief that persons with disability possess resourceful experience and knowledge which are both unknown and less appreciated by other people. Through a democratic pedagogical approach and a peer to peer dynamic, a trainer is going to help participants to bring out their knowledge in full equality. The cooperative organization of art laboratories, workshops, and exhibitions are designed to allow this active and concrete participation and to build practical skills expendable on the job market in the future.
The project is designed to have an assertive impact on target groups also after its completion by attaining strong results in two pillars:
- sustainable material outputs;
- sustainable and transferable methodology.
Via the weekly art laboratories the project will have generated tens of artistic productions in each partner country that are going to be showed in art exhibitions after the life of the project. Additionally, the impact of visibility and media coverage of the exhibitions conceptualized, generated, and managed by the collaboration of mainstream cultural organisations and people with disability reaches beyond the lifetime of the project. Most importantly, the skills people with disability acquire as individuals, as practicing artists and as members of an equal community are inherent within themselves.
Project activities will involve at least 15 people with disability from 4 participating countries (Greece, Italy, Spain, and Lithuania), a number that allows working as a group with better interaction, coordination and sharing while ensuring effective implementation of activities.
- Weekly art laboratories (18 months);
- Art interactive workshops;
- Workshop on how to organize an exhibition;
- 15 days Final Exhibitions (one for each partner);
- 3 participants and 1 group coordinator for each Country will attend the international exchange that will take place in Rome, Italy.
Creation of project website, videos, e-book catalogues of the exhibitions, and Android application for virtual visits to the exhibitions.
The project is going to be implemented from 1st January 2014 until 30th December 2015.
ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence (Greece) - Coordinator
COGAMI - Galician Confederation of People with Disabilities (Spain) - Financial coordinator
VRC - Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre (Lithuania)
The project is implemented with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.