OPEN CALL – Workshops on Contemporary art and its publics

PRAKSIS and the Art Encounters Foundation invite you to engage in four workshops over two days led by Nicholas John Jones, artistic director of PRAKSIS, and Kristian Schrøder, programme manager at PRAKSIS.
These workshops aim to generate dialogue between art students, artists, cultural mediators, and thinkers at all career stages and across diverse cultures, disciplines, and publics. Through exercises in mapping the scenes in Romania and Norway, the workshops foreground collective activity and exchanging ideas, skills, and information. The resulting maps will be included in a handbook – with acknowledgment of all contributors, of course!

The workshops are free of charge and open to national and international candidates.

They will take place online, in English, between 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 1-2, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑, including several working sessions. Those interested can register for one, several, or all of the following sessions:

Day 1, November 1, 2023 – Online, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST and 11:00 – 13:00 EEST
Your say on the contemporary art field (Overview of institutional practices)
What do you love about the arts field? Are there things about it that really irritate you? What do you consider necessary to building relationships between art and its publics? What issues does the field need to address, and what do the institutions you visit do well?
The workshop aims to develop an overview of institutional practices across the sector and collectively identify progressive ways of working.

Day 1, November 1, 2023 – Online, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST and 14:00 – 16:00 EEST
Which conversations should arts institutions be part of? (Defining targets)
PRAKSIS and Art Encounters welcome you to a workshop outlining what you want arts institutions to do. We will discuss what grassroots, small-and-medium-sized organisations and large-scale institutions offer. How do they feel when we visit? Who do we think they are targeting, and who would we like them to address?

Day 2, November 2, 2023 – Online, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST and 11:00 – 13:00 EEST
What to ask when reaching out? (approach)
What should contemporary art organisers consider when curating, communicating, or creating educational programming? Can we identify a series of questions that help establish good practice? This workshop will begin with an open discussion about creating relationships between contemporary art and the public while aiming to collectively develop a series of questions as guidelines for those thinking about building relationships between art and the publics.

Day 2, November 2, 2023 – Online, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST and 14:00 – 16:00 EEST
How should we reach out? (methods)
This workshop aims to map existing good practices for working between art and the publics and propose innovative ways of reaching new audiences.

How to apply?
To apply, please send a short biographical narrative in English, starting with your interest in the workshop’s main topics, by October 29 at the following e-mail address: