(LT) Samogitia and Aukštaitija and (PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – Reflection by Ray Thorley

The study trip through Lithuania was full of personal enrichment and wonderful new experiences.

Overall the study group looked at communication and participation within communities.

However, my interest and observations were drawn to and, focus on young peoples desires to become involved or otherwise in community activities and projects.

To understand the views and opinions of the [...]. Read more

(PL) Podlasie – understanding the region


Podlaskie Voivodeship covers an area of 20 187 km2. It is divided into seventeen counties: Białystok County, Białystok City County, Sokółka County, Bielsk Podlaski County, Hajnówka County, Kolno County, Łomża County, Łomża City County, Siemiatycze County, Wysokie Mazowieckie County, Zambrów County, Augustów County, Grajewo County, Mońki County, Sejny [...]. Read more

(PL) Podlasie: Reflection of Rūta Morkūnaitė (LT)

Though this Localise trip over all was 5th, for me it was the first one. During the project we’ve visited lot of places, villages, tiny burgs, townships, communities and in every place we met people, who are using art (some form of art) as a tool to make a change in their community or ethnic group. The artists’ endeavour to incorporate people to some artistic activities is based not on [...]. Read more

(PL) Podlasie: A Cultural Animation project for the UK? – Janine Goldsworthy (UK)

Many of our conversations before we (the UK participants) left for the second visit to Poland centred around the terms and meanings of Artist/Community artist and/or Participatory artist and what assumptions people make of those terms in the UK art world. I had a bit of an epiphany on my visit to Poland and realised that perhaps I am not an Artist, Community artist or a Participatory [...]. Read more

(PL) Podlasie: Reflections on returning from Poland’s Podlasie region (UK)

Before setting off to Poland the group of 6 people who went to Poland as the British group had 3 meetings where we discussed the information that had been sent to us and our preconceptions prior to leaving.  We arrived at the following questions.

1)    What is the role of a cultural animator? What is the role of the Artist?

2)    Are projects led by professionals or volunteers?

3)    [...]. Read more

(PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – understanding the region

The third study trip took place in Warsaw and the Mazovia region between November 29th and December 3rd 2011. The title of the study trip was Warsaw. Inside/Outside and it was focused on the relation between the centre and the periphery, inside and outside of the cultural and social life in this area. Exploration of the capital city was combined with two regional trips: to Warka and to [...]. Read more

(PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – Participant Research: Krasnobrodzka 13 – the reconstruction of Paweł Althamer’s strategy of working with the local community

In this essay, I would like to focus on the process of activating the local community by the artist Paweł Althamer. I will describe those of his projects that involved a small group of inhabitants of the block of flats where he lives at Krasnobrodzka 13. That is, I will not refer to his other works, such as the Bródno Sculpture Park or the sculpture mounted at the Targówek District Hall [...]. Read more

(PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – Participant Research: Reflective Diary of Eglė Marčiulaitytė (LT)

Monday, 28 November 2011
Ochocianie, OMDO, Kolonia Cafe
After visiting Tarczynska 11 all localisers took a walk through Ochota district to

“Kolonia” – small club-cafe in the middle of the Old Ochota. Cafe is very children-friendly (many wooden toys, children books and a playground in a cafe’s yard) as well as open for other target groups and events. According to the owner Agnieszka [...]. Read more

(PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – Participant Research: Role of cafes in cultural life of Warsaw

During our study trip Localise, we had many meetings, most of which took place not at the offices of the organisers or rented halls but at cafés. It was very natural to do so. In Poland, cafés are not merely places to have something to eat and drink, and then move on, but also places to relax, have a long and friendly chat and exchange thoughts: to create something new. It seems so [...]. Read more

(PL) Warsaw and Mazovia – Participant Research: Organization of a meeting space and behavior of participants during encounters with local activists

1.     Introduction

This written assignment results from the research conducted after the Localise project, which took place in Warsaw and its vicinity between 27th November and 4th December, 2011. The paper aims to summarise, in some way, my reflections on the arrangement of the space in which we were greeted by appointed organizations. I strongly believe that the decisions made during [...]. Read more