Past Projects

FACE opens a space for arts organisations to cooperate internationally and acts as an incubator, giving tailor-made advice and supporting the design process of partnerships (for example, by inviting key advisers or by providing a meeting room and travel grants to allow preparatory meetings to take place). Facilitating these early steps, FACE helps to build the capacity of cultural players to work transnationally and to interact with like-minded stakeholders, raising the quality of partnerships and funding strategies.

Farming the Arts (2017-2018)

Farming the Arts is a European collaboration involving MiramirO (Belgium), FiraTàrrega (Spain), La Grainerie (France) and Finspangs kommun (Sweden). Together they devised a collaborative working model involving local farms and exploring, through the arts, agriculture-related topics that affect our European societies. In short, the project aims to encourage creation centres, venues and festivals to facilitate artistic residencies at farms! Following on from this, it presents the outcomes of artistic research to professionals from the fields of both Arts and Agriculture, echoing worrying societal realities and relaying vibrant hopes in regards to the production, distribution and consumption of food. Partners organised discussions with cultural professionals in order to reflect on artistic findings and areas to be investigated creatively, to share tips on how to form relationships with the agriculture sector, and to aid with the adoption of new work methods and cross-sectoral tools for collaborative practice. A conference on the project took place at FiraTàrrega in September 2018.

FACE-to-face (2015-2016)

FACE designed a co-spectatorship programme, FACE-to-face, to support venues and festivals experimenting with new ways to engage different communities: the organiser pairs an artist and a citizen, who then attend a performance together and exchange their views on the work seen. Several approaches were tested, ranging from open calls for participation to targeting specific groups (e.g. teachers from schools and universities, journalists, politicians, representatives of civil society, children, etc.). Each venue and festival makes sure the experience is understood by both participants, that they have enough time to meet before and after the performance, that they can access a quiet space for their discussion, and that they feedback on the experience. The conversation won’t be recorded or open to the public, as the goal is to bring together strangers for a shared experience of contemporary performing arts and to spark fresh debate around cross-disciplinary works. The feedback could make use of different tools (online questionnaires, videos, interviews over the phone, etc.) and was shared with colleagues from other venues and festivals. The project was trialed at La Grainerie (France), MiramirO (Belgium), across Catalonia thanks to APCC-Associació de Professionals de Circ de Catalunya (Spain), and by 2R2C-Coopérative de Rue et de Cirque (France).

Arts & Media (2014-2015)

Following the successful European cooperation project Unpack the Arts led by Circuscentrum (Belgium) and supported by the Culture programme of the European Commission, FACE proposed that performing arts festivals continue to maintain a dialogue with emerging and experienced critics and cultural journalists. The project aimed at strengthening the relationship between festivals and (new) media by proposing workshops and residencies on the occasion of the festival's events. The organisations involved supported the circulation of knowledge and experience among participants, and the development of critical discourses on contemporary artistic work, aesthetics and artistic trajectories. The project was implemented by Cirqueon (Czech Republic), Mala performerska scena (Croatia), and Montréal Complètement Cirque and En Piste (Canada), among others.

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