This mentorship is a year-long interdisciplinary programme that creates space for artists and cultural practitioners to explore critical artistic practices on the intersection of arts and environmentalism.
Alarming changes in nature and our environment are all around us: forests and wildlife are disappearing; air and oceans are increasingly polluted; sea levels are rising, and extreme weather phenomena are escalating; additionally the outbreak of a worldwide pandemic has been a wake-up call. While causes and consequences of environmental change and the climate crisis are being debated by politicians, scientists, and the broader public, the most affected people are often those least heard.
The mentorship brings together 12 emerging artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with 4 mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues in a year-long programme aimed at accelerating engaged cultural practices and fostering leadership. These 12 individuals each develop a body of work, form a peer group, and throughout the year receive mentorship guidance, exchange ideas, collaborate, and jointly delve deeper into their practices. The 4 mentors, all experts on the intersection of arts and the environment, guide the participants throughout the programme.
The programme consists of two Labs (week-long mentoring intensives, one in person and one online), bi-monthly online masterclass and peer-group sessions and an awards ceremony and visitors program in Amsterdam and Berlin.
Through this mentorship programme aim to:
-Support critical and unconventional work by emerging artists working on a range of issues related to environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice.
-Stimulate leadership of individuals whose artistic work fosters awareness and empathy.
-Accelerate the artistic practices of artists and cultural practitioners who show a commitment to creating lasting change through environmental activism.
-Facilitate exchanges, meaningful connections, and learning between engaged practitioners.
-Strengthen and amplify new perspectives on environmentalism, the climate crisis, and climate justice.
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