Throughout 2018, Cubitt Education hosted visits from Education staff at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw as part of an Erasmus-funded exchange project. Ujazdowski staff have been expanding their experience of engagement techniques and travelled to Amsterdam to learn storytelling techniques, before taking part in workshops with older people at Cubitt with Lucy Steggals and Joshua Sofaer, as well as visiting each of the three Community Studios sites (St Luke’s Community Centre, 75 Mildmay Street and Arts and Media School Islington).
To conclude the programme, Esther Collins and Lydia Ashman from Cubitt Education took a trip to CCCA Warsaw in April. They spent time with Anna Kierkosz and her colleagues in the Education department, learning about how the team works with and in response to the exhibition programme. They also met with Marianna Dobkowska, Residencies Curator, and heard about the evolution of the residency programme and how it increasingly supports socially-engaged practice. We found common interest in working with specific marginalised groups, making artists’ studio work and residency activities more visible to the public, and allowing the development of these programmes to be led by artists’ practice.
Centre image: Installation shot of Janek Simon’s exhibition Synthetic Folklore at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
Right image: Installation shot of Marta Krześlak’s exhibition Party at the Artists’ Club at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
Photos: Esther Collins