It’s my Place project

The project was supported by Scottish and Polish ministers of culture). It aimed at bringing together professional artists and art students from Poland and Scotland.

I lead a community-based art project “It’s my Place”. It aimed at bringing together professional artists and art students from Poland and Scotland. I ran a series of workshops and master classes exploring a variety of art techniques in the theme of “It’s my Place”’. My aim was to teach the art students and artists to work not only with a variety of techniques but also in a variety of social and artistic conditions, other than in a studio. They should be able to communicate with the outside world that doesn’t necessarily understand visual art. I also taught them how to approach funding organisations, apply for funds and organise projects.

Edinburgh and Krakow are twinned cities, and I made use of that fact when setting up the “It’s my Place” project. I utilised my contacts in Poland, and especially Krakow, and expanded them during the project to include Polish Culture Minister, Senators and Presidents of both cities, Presidents of arts organisations, chief executives of large businesses, Ambassadors and Consuls in both cities. I helped a number of organisations to start collaboration. I also had a part in extending the collaboration agreement between Krakow and Edinburgh signed in 2009 by presidents of both cities. My activities have been acknowledged in the agreements and I was invited to the official signing ceremony.

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