Seminar 3, Fundacao Serralves, Porto, 24 – 27 February 2009

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Seminar 3, Fundacao Serralves, Porto, 24 – 27 February 2009
Contemporary art galleries and museums are spaces where learning takes place. This is a multi-layered, complex and dynamic experience. One of our objectives within the European Learning Partnership is to share, research, develop and disseminate effective methodologies in the field of contemporary gallery education in order to build a community of critical enquirers.
In an increasingly globalised world it is essential to address the local and to think about what is context-specific. This involves addressing common values and reflecting upon what we can learn from others. By sharing expertise at different levels and working in close collaboration with partners we can contribute to improving young people’s cultural engagement in a more challenging and consequent way: working with art can support discussion and debate about issues such as diversity, social engagement, citizenship and the environment, enhancing the possibility of a deeper intercultural dialogue.
Key questions:

In what way are museums and galleries across Europe developing innovative ways of working with young people in the arts?

How can contemporary art contribute to encouraging young people to be active and positively involved citizens?
24 February
16.00 Learning Partnership delegates arrive to Fundação de Serralves

        1. Optional tour of the Museum, Park and Villa (Exhibitions: Juan Muñoz,

Christopher Wool, From Mickey Mouse to Andy Warhol)
18.00-19.00 Showcasing Learning experiences
This is an opportunity to share with European partners some of Serralves projects involving young people. Our team will make 5 min. presentations and then be available for further discussions in small groups.
ArtsLab in Serralves/young people as co-creators

José Maia, Artist-educator, together with participants in the ArtsLab

Artists’ books/A year-long project in partnership with schools

Samuel Silva, Artist-educator and Sofia Victorino

Viver com Energia, energy resources and sustainable development

Rita Rocha e Jorge Ferreira (educators)

Filmbooks, Working with animation, Abi Feijó, Film maker
Inovartes, DGArtes/Ministério da Cultura,, Mariana Brandão, Gallery educator
20.00 Learning Partnership dinner
25 February

On-Site Visits

        1. Visit to Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática and Centro de Memória, Vila do

Conde, presentation by Nuno Rodrigues, Curator
14.30-16.30 Visit to Centro Cultural de Vila Flor, Guimarães (45 min to Porto)

Presentation by Elisabete Paiva, Coordinator of the Education programme

26 February
9.30 Meeting at Fundação de Serralves
9.45 Welcome by Ulrich Loock, Deputy Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary art
10.00 Young People and contemporary art (Introduction to the theme of the Seminar) Sofia Victorino, Coordinator of the Education Department, Fundação de Serralves
10.15 João Teixeira Lopes, Sociologist, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
11.45 Plenary Discussion
14.15 Case studies: ways of working with young people
Projecto Intervir, Susana Gomes da Silva, Coordinator of the Education Department of CAMJAP/ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Ana Paula Silva, CESIS (Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social)

Tecer a cidade, José Niza, Moovlab
16.00 Primeiro Olhar, cinema workshops by Associação Filhos de Lumière

Regina Guimarães, Writer

Working through Landscape, Samuel Guimarães, Coordinator of Museu do Douro’s Education Department
17.45 Short break
18.00 Discussions (Please sign-up for group discussions on arrival; each group will need one person to document and report back to the wider group)
I. What are the main challenges when working with young people in a museum or gallery context? Can we identify both good practice and potential areas for development (bearing in mind the different contexts of each partner)? 
II. Can working with art encourage discussion about issues such as diversity, community cohesion and the environment? In what way?
III. What difficulties do we face when starting a project? What makes it successful? How can we build sustainable long-term relationships with young people?
IV. How to give voice to young people within the institution? How can they participate in defining “rules”? What can be the role of youth panels in determining organisational policy?
V. Different partners mean different strategies? How different is working with schools and working with local youth organizations / associations?
VI. What role is there for the artist or museum-educator when working with young people? What are the ethical implications? Can artists encourage broader participation and community cohesion?
VII. What resources are needed in order to evaluate projects with young people? What kind of evaluation do we need/want/can we have?
VIII. Museums and galleries are requested to address an increasingly large audience. How is the research in the field of contemporary gallery education and young people being developed? Is it influencing policy and practice? Is there a risk of instrumentalisation?
27 February
9.30 Group discussions. Back to key questions
How do our institutions position the learning and engagement of young people ages 16-25?

How can we as a partnership extend our co learning and promote increased opportunities for ongoing partnership work?

Can we promote youth mobility’s through our organisations?

Can we start building up a reading list as one of the shared findings?

Conclusions. Next steps!
12.45 Lunch

        1. (optional tour) Architecture in Porto: Past/Present, by Matilde Seabra

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