II PL (Podlasie) Study Trip Participants

POLISH PARTICIPANTS

Zofia Dworakowska

I graduated theatrology and sociology. As a coordinator, curator, and participant I took a part in different kinds of projects connected with culture animation and alternative theatre. I am leading the Culture Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University and I am a coordinator of the LOCALISE project.

Maria Grzybowska

I’m an apprentice in Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw and also from more than one year I’m a volunteer in the organization “Gleam of the Day” which helps children from village areas. I’m interested in European visual art, culture of city and French language. I graduated the Science of Culture and now I’m involved with the Cultural Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture. I’m open for new experiences and I’m fascinated by discovering other cultures in order to understand them.

Małgorzata Piętowska

I did field research, which were devoted to (for example) to the Czech folklore or religion. For about three years I am a volunteer in organizations which are focused on helping sick children. I’m involved with the Cultural Animation specialization in Institute of Polish Culture and the specialization in the Czech language in the Institute of Western and Southern Slavic Studies. Except Czech culture, I am interested in the Balkans culture, gothic fiction, contemporary literature, film and rock music.

Agnieszka Skalska

I worked as a translator. I co-organized Sputnik Film Festival in Warsaw, Wisla Film Festival in Moscow, Off/On European Film Week, Re:visions – an Independent Art Invasion. I cooperate with Impact Foundation, Centre for Artistic Activities for children and youth – Dorozkarnia .  I’m vice-president of Association of Friends of Krzyzowa. I’ve finished Intercultural Studies of Middle and Eastern Europe and now I’m involved with the Cultural Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture. I like journeys, documentaries and cats.

Maggie Tomczak

I’m interested in theatre, especially puppet theatre. I also like cinema and I’m developing my knowledge of movies as I am involved with culture animation on Warsaw University now. For a couple of months I run my own foundation that is organizing the Festival of Young Cinema, which second edition took place in March. I’d like to travel more and make my own puppet show one day.

 

LITHUANIAN PARTICIPANTS

MARTYNA LAUKAITYTĖ

–  Trainee at of art criticism

– A member of International Film Maker association”Freimas”

– Have some practice in fine art (ceramics)

– Participated in international projects and workshops

– Have done a few projects about culture.

 

RŪTA MORŪNAITĖ

–  graduate of art history and criticism at Vytautas Magnus University;

– Participated in few international projects and workshops;

– Volunteered in youth organization and some projects;

– For two years worked as a unpaid worker in the radio station “VDU radijas” (as a broadcaster and broadcast coordinator);

– Interested in sociocultural anthropology, art, also art therapy (for children), music;

 

DONATA PUPINYTĖ

– graduate of art history and criticism

– Volunteer in the day center “Solija”. Interested in social work and helping kids to find themselves in art activities (choreographer)

– Volunteer in the international dance festival “AURA”(2009-2011) and international music festival “Tundra” (2008-2010)

– “Brainwashers” local community group leader – events, happenings, performances, social and art activities organizer, decorations maker.

– Participated in Youth in Action project „Nature in me“ in Bulgaria (team leader) (2010)

 

IEVA IRKINAITĖ

– graduate of art history and criticism.(4rd course)

– Participant in a lot of Amateur Theater Festivals (Redbridge International Youth Theatre Festival, International Amateur Theatre Festival of Performances for Children and Youth „Spēlesprieks“,  Sapperlot International Meeting of Youth Theatre and so on)

– Actress in Vytautas Magnius University Student Theater „Erro“.

–  Believer in phrase – „The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do” (S.Jobs)

 

GRETA KLIMAVIČIŪTĖ-MINKŠTIMIENĖ

–   PhD in drama studies

– Founder and director of NGO “Kultūros kiemas”

– Coordinator of Theatre club

– Graduate of sociocultural anthropology

– Interested in collaboration art and culture animation projects

 

BRITISH PARTICIPANTS

Penny Vincent
I work part-time as a lecturer in Civic Engagement in the Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University. I am involved in projects, research, teaching and training – mainly in North Staffordshire. My main subjects are volunteering, community development, community research and inclusion.

I am responsible for community engagement in the regeneration of University Quarter (the neighbourhood of the University campus in Stoke on Trent), so I work a lot with local residents. This includes organising performances on the bandstand in Hanley Park and helping run the Friends of Hanley Park group.

I am a member of the Photographers Collective North Staffs, sing in 2 community choirs (and help lead one of them); and  play piano accordion in a Morris dancing group. I have just started as a volunteer supporting people with learning disabilities to go to take part in social life

 

Janine Goldsworthy

I was a finalist representing the North East for the British Councils Young Visual Arts Entrepreneur award 2009. I am currently developing a collaborative exchange programme with the Slade School of art, London and Thailand and have recently returned from an Arts Council supported residency at ComPeung Northern Thailand and a British Council research visit to Mumbai India. My current artwork involves making site specific temporary (public art) interventions using colour to highlight features and materials which often use metaphors to suggest a narrative.

These works are made in collaboration with other rednile projects artists (rednile is an artist led organisation)and invited artists. The artworks are developed over a period of time researching a site/space and include engagement with the local community that use this space. This process includes sharing of ideas, stories and local knowledge to help identify sites of interest and generate the ideas behind the artworks.

I was formerly freelance Public Art and Design Curator at Inspire Northumberland, hosted by Northumberland Council, Working closely with the Public Art and Design officer to deliver a number of high profile public art and design projects across the whole of Northumberland.

www.rednile.org

 

Margaret Manuell

Margaret Manuell was born and raised on Tyneside and became a professional actor at 19 (under her maiden/acting name of Jackman). After a varied theatre career,  she left professional theatre for higher education, majoring in sociology as part of a social science degree. From 1966-1971 she lived with her husband in up-country Tanzania, where their three sons were born. Margaret taught English in Tanzania, and English & Drama in Tamworth, which is where the family settled in the UK, until the boys left home, returning to acting in 1988. In 2002, she took an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies with Rose Bruford College. She currently divides her time unevenly, depending on which has the most urgent deadline, between acting for TV, theatre and film; devising, running and delivering community arts projects with all ages and mixed ages for Shoebox Theatre cic, a small community theatre company; directing for community performance – currently a short play in the Lichfield Mysteries cycle; and researching for a Masters in Community and Participatory Practice  part-time at Staffordshire University. Margaret met up with participants on the Localise study trip that was based in Stoke on Trent, and was part of the Lithuanian study trip last year.

 

Tony Jones

I work as a photographer, community artist, lecturer and disability activist. I worked for many years at a senior level for local NGOs, but stopped full-time work six years ago when I was diagnosed with the progressive, disabling disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

I have been actively involved in community arts projects since the early 1970s – including helping develop two community arts centres.I have been studying (rather slowly) for an MA in Community Arts at Staffs University since 2007, and have developed a special interest in the ethics of community arts – I am currently working on an article for publication in the community arts journal “mailout”. My community arts practice is mainly in “arts for health” and I have particular interest in mental health. Five years ago I established a project working with people who experience long-term mental distress/illness, which continues to provide weekly workshops, exhibitions, events, visits and support for about 10 people.

In the last few years I have worked with local community arts organisations – B Arts – www.b-arts.org.uk, Burslem School of Art – www.burslemschoolofart.com, Letting in the Light – www.lettinginthelight.org.uk, the Cultural Sisters – www.theculturalsisters.org.uk, FrontLine Dance – www.frontlinedance.org.uk, West Midlands Participatory Arts Forum, and praxis – www.praxiscommunity.co.uk; and National Health organisations – N Staffs Combined Health Care, N Staffs Hospital Trust. I also collaborate with other artists including musicians, theatre and dance performers, as well as fellow photographers. I’m a founder member of N Staffs Photographers’ Collective – a community-based organisation that works to encourage, and raise the profile of photography in N Staffs.

I have an active interest in music, play guitar, bass and mandolin, I also sing.

 

Jane Forster

I am a practising conceptual artist and part of a small arts company called REDFOLIO based in the North West of England.

In recent years, in my own work, I have been exploring themes related to memory and the extent to which past experience defines us. This has been inspired by my grandmother’s journey through dementia. I have used keys and doors as metaphor for our ability to access memory and the nature of our relationships, if they are not based on shared or familiar territory.

REDFOLIO is an arts company underpinned by the five ways to wellbeing:

  • Keep Learning
  • Take Notice
  • Connect
  • Give
  • Stay Active

We run participatory arts projects with a wide range of clients based on the ethos that creative engagement plays a positive part in maintaining all aspects of wellbeing.

We have worked with ex-offenders, asylum seekers, adults with learning disabilities, excluded pupils, the elderly in sheltered housing, adults living with mental health issues as well as the general public and groups in galleries and schools.

We are currently working on a series of commissions centred on the UK Olympics.

 

Mark Webster

I am head of Enterprise and External projects in the Faculty of Arts Media and design at Staffordshire University.  A founder member of The Creative Communities Unit,  I have worked at Staffordshire University for nearly ten years.  Before that I worked exclusively in Community Arts and Community Development.  I was involved in setting up the MA in Community and Participatory Arts at Staffordshire University and still teach on the programme.  I am actively involved in setting up and supporting a range of participatory arts initiatives. Currently I am involved in setting up a regional network for Community Arts, WMPAF, I am on the steering group for ARTWORKS UK a national initiative to set up pathfinders for the training of Participatory Arts Practitioners and I chair the steering group for a local community arts festival in my home town of Walsall. 

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