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Making museums more interactive

15 May 2013

A workshop for creative young people from Armenia, Ukraine and Georgia, “From an object of life to an object of art” was organised on 21 April 2013 in Gyumri, Armenia.
The workshop was held within the framework of the EU-funded “A New Breath of Culture: Filling Heritage with Life and Art” project as part of the Eastern Partnership Cultural Programme and co-supported by the European Cultural Foundation.
The workshop brought together 21 young authors from the three countries, who had been selected on a competitive basis. Participants included graphic artists, future architects and designers and, at the end of the workshop, presented the results of their 10 days of creative work.
Gyumri’s Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life was chosen as a candidate for innovative art approaches. Participants studied the museum’s collection, looked for parallels between the past and the present of the city, and expressed them through contemporary art.

The artistic creations of the participants, which included pictures, hand-made greeting cards, personal diaries, videos and banners, among others, will remain at the museum as the part of its collection.

The project is being implemented by the Ukrainian organisation “Totem”, from the Kherson City Centre of Youth Initiatives (www.totem.kherson.ua). Other partners include the Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) and the DRONI organisation from Georgia.

According to the President of the AYWA, Lilit Asatryan, the choice of the museum for the project was not accidental. It was determined by the museum’s impressive exhibition of artefacts and its urban history, as well as its original artistic initiatives, such as the biennale of contemporary art and annual humour festival.

‘The duration of this project is two years. It started last year. This summer we will have one more workshop in Armenia. The project has one particularly important component; it provides grants to non-governmental organisations which are ready to propose projects to contribute to the museum, to fill them with new life, and attract a new audience,’ said Asatryan.

The main goal of the “A New Breath of Culture: Filling Heritage with Life and Art” project is to support and disseminate best innovative cultural and creative practices to preserve traditional cultural heritage and involve non-governmental organisations, creative unions and independent authors in cooperating with museums.

This was the third workshop of its kind, yet the first of its type to be held in Armenia. The other two workshops were held in Ukraine and Georgia. The overall budget of the project is €562,767.

Making museums more interactive

A workshop for creative young people from Armenia, Ukraine and Georgia, “From an object of life to an object of art” was organised on 21 April 2013 in Gyumri, Armenia. The workshop was held within the framework of the EU-funded “A New Breath of Culture: Filling Heritage with Life and Art” project as part of the Eastern Partnership Cultural Programme and co-supported by the European Cultural Foundation. The workshop brought together 21 young authors from the three countries, who had been selected on a competitive basis. Participants included graphic artists, future architects and designers and, at the end of the workshop, presented the results of their 10 days of creative work. Gyumri's Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life was chosen as a candidate for innovative art approaches. Participants studied the museum’s collection, looked for parallels between the past and the present of the city, and expressed them through contemporary art. The artistic creations of the participants, which included pictures, hand-made greeting cards, personal diaries, videos and banners, among others, will remain at the museum as the part of its collection. The project is being implemented by the Ukrainian organisation “Totem”, from the Kherson City Centre of Youth Initiatives (www.totem.kherson.ua). Other partners include the Armenian Young Women's Association (AYWA) and the DRONI organisation from Georgia. According to the President of the AYWA, Lilit Asatryan, the choice of the museum for the project was not accidental. It was determined by the museum's impressive exhibition of artefacts and its urban history, as well as its original artistic initiatives, such as the biennale of contemporary art and annual humour festival. ‘The duration of this project is two years. It started last year. This summer we will have one more workshop in Armenia. The project has one particularly important component; it provides grants to non-governmental organisations which are ready to propose projects to contribute to the museum, to fill them with new life, and attract a new audience,’ said Asatryan. The main goal of the “A New Breath of Culture: Filling Heritage with Life and Art” project is to support and disseminate best innovative cultural and creative practices to preserve traditional cultural heritage and involve non-governmental organisations, creative unions and independent authors in cooperating with museums. This was the third workshop of its kind, yet the first of its type to be held in Armenia. The other two workshops were held in Ukraine and Georgia. The overall budget of the project is €562,767. [gallery link="file"]