ARTWASH —making art in unconventional spaces and context, and exploring the Rural and Urban!
"The ENCC gives me hope, especially in Brexit times, and a wider perspective on ways of working together! Valuable work and brilliant people. Dank-U !", Kay Sentance, ArtWash Founder.
ArtWash started as an inter-social meeting space in a working Launderette. On the 20th of every month the Launderette became a venue. Artists would transform the space with their work, performance or debate. The public would encounter these events either by chance, as they did their washing, or on purpose. It became a place to gain feedback as an artist but also to experience art in a non-art space. In 2009 Artwash moved to different spaces such as Chinese takeaways, centre for the blind and also became an art delivery service for performance art in private homes. ArtWash is still exploring art in everyday public spaces such as buses or with the Horsebox gallery that can be transported. Especially after and because of the impact of COVID-19, the focus of Artwash has now expanded to explore the Rural and Urban (R.U). The approach of using non-art spaces is still the same but with a wider reach that includes Rural and Urban spaces: ArtWash explores how these landscapes are evolving in a digital age, the role that contemporary art plays in rural areas and how Art interventions make intersocial links.
Staff members: 0-5
Expertise: Impact of cultural activities
Target group: They reach the community in its diversity.
Areas of work: Sociocultural activities & cultural mediation — Community & civic activities — Local / regional / national projects — Event management — Running other cultural infrastructure — Artistic creation / production — Dissemination of information / awareness raising activities — Cultural distribution and promotion — Coordination of a network — Networking / cooperation — Architectual and social interaction
Fields of work: Dance — Street art — Development of alternative / non-conventional / innovative art practices — Historical sites and buildings (tangible culture heritage) — Folk culture, traditions, etc (intangible culture heritage) — Painting, drawing — Photography — Digital arts — Sculpture — Film, video — Craftwork — Architecture
Topics of work: Diversity, minorities, interculturalities & identities / migration & refugees — Fighting discrimination / stereotypes, inclusion, social cohesion & community development — Intergenerational relations & ageing — Disabilities & inclusion — Participation / audience engagement — Impact of cultural activities — Cultural management & methods — Cultural rights — Territorial development on local level, non-urban areas, urban areas — Development of underused spaces — Revitalisation / activation of public space — European citizenship and identity — Digitalisation — Sustainability
Priorities for the network: Exploring new technologies and integration with tradition — Exploring the possibilities of enabling better acceptance of 'the other' in all its forms