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Contemporary Self-Portraits

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Project Type
Visual Arts
Contemporary Self-Portraits
Irish Partner
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland

National College of Art and Design (NCAD) (Ireland); Association ISSP (Biedrība ISSP) (Latvia); Bildmuseet, Umeå Universitet (Sweden); The Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia).

Funding Strand
Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation projects
Year Funded

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Amount awarded: €200,000 (50% of the budget)
Project start date: Sept 2012
Project end date: August 2014

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 them.

The partner consortium has long-term experience in self-portrayal, method development, communal arts, curating, organising exhibitions and cooperation on a European level. CSP partners have defined their primary workshop target groups: disadvantaged communities, elderly, immigrants, school classes, students and work communities. However, the artists and other professionals who lead the workshops are also expected to gain new perspectives and bring ideas to their profession, as are the arts students and lecturers from the participating higher education institutions.

Main outputs:

  • Over 20 self-portrait workshops led by artists;
  • Experience of the 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.

The National College of Art and Design, based in Dublin, has long been the most important art and design educational institution in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the state at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In the past, many of the most important Irish artists, designers and art teachers have studied or taught in the College.

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