Project from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in 2020: Support for the artistic creation of authors with disabilities in an art studio”, project code no. 49-12788/2015-ZPO/ORNK.
The initiator of the studio is the Institute for Inclusive Education Research at the Faculty of Education of Masaryk University in Brno. Its aim is to create a creative and specific environment in which the principles of inclusion are fulfilled through artistic and art-therapy forms. The target group is children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. The creative space is open to everyone according to their abilities and skills. The educational content of the studio is provided in the form of individual and group work in a studio environment.
All the exhibiting authors are supported in 2020 by a project entitled “Support for the artistic creation of authors with disabilities in an art studio”, project code no. 49-12788/2015-ZPO/ORNK.
The exhibited artifacts tell a story that can be called “THE ARTIST‘S VOICE”. This topic was also a key topic of the international conference organized by the EOA in 2016. The topic was chosen because it relates to the discourse of the international Outsider Art scene. This theme is also relevant to the Czech environment for the work of artists with disabilities.
Authors with disabilities supported by project:
Tomáš Koudelka, Jakub Čech, Petr Kolař, Ondřej Farkas, Ivona Záborská, Pavla Pravdíková, Zuzana Kadlcová, Lucie Němcová
Project catalogues:Skládačka OpenArt 1
Skládačka OpenArt 2
Exhibition catalogue:Katalog výstavy Umělcův hlas
Art-therapy project in social care institucion Ruka pro život o.p.s. is funded in years 2019 and 2020 by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The subcontractor of activation in the field of art therapy – artefiletics is Lucie Hájková (lecturer) and Pavel Sochor (guarantor) from the Open Art Studio at PdF MU. The target group is people with disabilities.
In 2016, the arts studio was the initiator of a project entitled Support of artistic creation of authors with disabilities in the art studio – project code 49-12788 / 2015-ZPO / ORNK. The investor is the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
The cultural project aims to support the artistic creation of beginning authors with disabilities. The project presumes that it will have a regional impact in the South Moravian Region. The project aims to support the National Plan for Creating Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The professional guarantor of the content of the study is Mgr. Pavel Sochor, Ph.D.
The aim of the project is (1) to expand and improve the quality of studies at the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University for another five people with disabilities aged 20-50, permanently belonging to the group of people at risk of social and cultural exclusion. In this way, through the qualification training programme and art projects of the studio, it will enable future social application in culture, as well as the application of proven pedagogical procedures and principles of running the studio, arts and crafts techniques, installation methods and self-presentation. The second aim of the project (2) is the professional realization and presentation of beginning artistic creations of people with disabilities in a specialized inclusive environment of an existing studio – the Open Art Studio. The Open Art Studio exists as a studio at the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University and is adapted in terms of the personal and spatial creations of people with disabilities (physical, mental, sensory, autism).
EXHIBITION PROJECT – STORY OF OTHERNESS (30.11. – 31.12. 2016)
Location: RUV Gallery, PdF MU, Poříčí 9, Brno
Opening: November 30, 2016, 5 pm at the RUV Gallery
Accompanying programme: Six hours of discussions of authors and the curator with the public on the theme of the exhibition “Art in its Raw State and the Outsider Art”.
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Sample texts from the catalogue:
STORY OF OTHERNESS
30.11. – 31. 12. 2016
Exhibition curator: Mgr. Pavel Sochor, Ph.D.
The exhibition catalogue aims to present individual exhibiting artists and their works of contemporary art exploring the boundaries between art brut, outsider art and disability art. The collective group exhibition is being presented in this way for the first time in the Brno environment and at a university. The aim of the exhibition curator is to present the authors to the professional and lay public. All the authors are exhibiting on this scale and with a professional artistic background for the first time. Preparations for the collective exhibition took place throughout 2016.
The central idea of the exhibition concept is the paradigm of otherness in artistic discourse. Each exhibiting author reflects their autonomous otherness through their work. In the case of the exhibitors the already mentioned concept of otherness is connected with their life stories. Similar stories of foreign artists of art brut, outsider art and their innovative visual language has influenced contemporary culture and supported its inclusive trends. With its principles, contemporary European culture promotes diversity and otherness, and is a unique space for the acceptance of each person’s originality. In such an inclusive culture, the creative space is open to every person according to their creative abilities and skills. In this concept, art is a universal tool for supporting groups or communities of citizens and their full participation in society. The exhibiting authors with disabilities (authors with otherness) show that they are not merely “objects” of social-cultural presentations, but they also make them themselves and thus contribute to the creation of cultural wealth.
Brno, 1 December 2016
Author of the texts: Pavel Sochor