The Establishment of the Open art studio in Brno is connected with the work of Pavel Sochor at the Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University. The concept of this studio was developed in 2013-2015 in a Post Doc project and it was based on years of experience, research activities, participation in international conferences, organized by the Association for Outsider Art and a four-month internship.
The mission of the studio is to provide a creative and specific environment in which principles of inclusion would be fulfilled through art therapy and art forms. Art work as an instrument to support the inclusion is the concept described in the following publications:
- Pavel Sochor – A person with a disability and fine arts. From imaging to authorship (czech version)
- Pavel Sochor – Disability and Art Creation
The concept of the studio is based on the similar philosophy of art centers abroad, due to collaborations between Pavel Sochor and other organizations all over Europe: an institution Gugging (Austria), Art Center Kaarisilta (Finland) and Inuti (Sweden). Together with a team of instructors is the studio realized in areas the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Masaryk University. The Institute under the leadership of Karel Pančocha, currently sponsors and supports this project, which has the dimension of applied qualitative research.
The target groups are children, adolescents and adults with otherness. Creative space is open to everyone according to his/her abilities and skills. The outcomes can belong to a specific genre of art like: outsider art, disability art, art brut and art as therapy. Lecturers respect the specific educational needs and individual approach for each student in the process of creating an artefact. They endeavour to help to develop a unique art language for each student.
Pedagogical practial activity of lecturers to improve communications, self-confidence, self-image and establish own identity of students. Parents and friends can intensely perceive the author’s achievements in the community of studio and presentations of art work in public. The Art as Therapy concept allows authors to present their strengths on which they can build further education and occupational practice. The contents of the study skills of fine art (not therapy) are designed in the form of individual and group work and training in the studio environment.
Open art studio is the fifth consecutive year a member of the International Association of European Outsider Art Association (AOA)
We focus on these long-term topic:
1/ Expressive Therapy – Art as Therapy
2/ Art education for children, adolescents and adults with special educational needs
3/ Support unprofessional artists with otherness
Open Art Studio is investigator of the project “Podpora umělecké tvorby autorů/rek se zdravotním postižením ve výtvarném studiu” – project code 49-12788 / 2015-CCM / ORNK in 2016. The investor is the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Expert guarantor of the studio content is Pavel Sochor.
Cultural project supports creation of young artist beginners with disabilities. The project expects regional impact in the South Moravian Region. Contents of the project aims to support the National Plan for making equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
The project goals are:
(1) Extend and enhance the operation of the studio at the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Masaryk University for other five people with disabilities within an age of 20 – 50 years old. Thanks to a qualifying educational program and to art projects in the studio it is possible to develop social skills that can be used in culture. Furthermore these skills can be used in the application of validated teaching strategies and principles of operation of studio, art and craft techniques, methods of installation and self-presentation.
(2) Professional realization and presentation of the art work of the beginner artists with disabilities in the specialist inclusive environment existing studio – Open Art Studio. Open Art Studio is realized in the form of studio to the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Masaryk University and it is adapted depending on the personal and spatial creation of people with disabilities (physical, mental, sensory, autism).