At the 25th Annual Conference last year, the first ever European Project Slam took place. NEMO wanted to offer a stage to EU funded projects where the initiators and project leaders could present their initiatives to the conference participants. This year, the stage will be given to five projects that have been awarded with the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 Label by NEMO.
What is the EYCH 2018 label?
All projects and initiatives taking place during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 can be awarded the EYCH label, as long as they meet the EYCH objectives. As a member of the EYCH stakeholder's committee, NEMO is entitled to award the label to initiatives and activities. All projects rewarded with the label by NEMO before September 2018 had the chance to be selected to present their projects at NEMO's 26th Annual Conference. It is still possible to apply for the label, please fill out the form found on this page and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Project Slam gives participants the chance to present their project, to connect among each other, to exchange and to find synergies with colleagues. Showcase your innovative ideas to the larger European museum sector and ensure the sustainability of your projects!
The project slammers are listed below. Read more about their projects now and meet them on the stage on 17 November 2018. Click here to access the full conference programme.
- Art United at Pukkelpop, Peter Aerts
- Creative Makers: kids´ fablabs for letterpress &
printing inspired by tinkering and making, Anna Codazzi
- Regional Restoration Camps, Elena Mamani
- Specially unknown – European oral history project, Dietmar Osses
- Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other, Jenny Siung
The Dutch and Belgian museums and heritage institutions struggle to break through and connect with the ever harder to reach target group of 16-26 year olds. To establish a connection, the united Dutch and Belgian art and design museums, ‘Art United’, will create a learning circle over a period of three years with the Pukkelpop Music Festival. With a specifically developed on site multi-media art&design interaction program a dialogue will be started and data will be collected in order to learn what the target group expect, how they experience art&design and what they miss in museum experiences. The learnings conducted in collaboration with universities will be re-injected in the programming in museums and will be used to improve the Pukkelpop program in consecutive years. The gained insights and developed practices will be shared among all museum and heritage institutions to improve participation and inclusion in museums. The Pukkelpop Music Festival in Kiewit, Flemish Limburg region is located in the centre of Europe and attracts between 200.000 and 250.000 international visitors during 4 days.
Creative Makers' partners along with four selected artists who will share, exchange, and enrich their skills through four preliminary transnational workshops and training sessions. Together they will co-create innovative and interactive workshops for school and family groups. For this challenge, the partners are trained in the most effective audience development strategies and practices by Melting Pro and will produce four audience development plans for the co-created fablabs, and these will act as “business incubators” to test new activities and attract children, schools, teachers, families and students to the fablabs. The Fablabs will be places where children will have the opportunity to experiment with the artisanal tradition of letterpress and printing alongside modern digital fabrication techniques. Each Creative Makers' partner will engage and involve their local community through a series of dissemination and test events. The partnership includes direct participation from four different countries: Italy, Spain, Estonia and Ireland. Existing fablabs are connected within their international network as well as beyond the partners’ geographical area. This is enriched by participation in international conferences and a study visit to the USA to meet fablab managers and creators and facilitate a fruiftul collaboration.
The 2018 Regional Restoration Camps will provide participants with engaging lectures and hands-on experience with restoration, conservation and historic crafts, using traditional materials and techniques with the interpretation of cultural heritage sites and museums. During each camp, participants will follow a rigorous but fulfilling schedule, which combines theory (through lectures and presentations) with exercises and physical work on historic monuments and artifacts in different locations around the region. Each activity will assist local residents directly – as the participants work to preserve their historic monuments, artifacts and crafts, and give them new ways of understanding, enjoying and revitalizing them. While they will be conducted separately, these restoration camps are part of a region-wide push to encourage people to understand the value of and learn how to care for their local heritage. The main objective is to use cultural heritage as a platform for professionals to meet and create conditions for building peace within a democratic society, respecting human rights, and stimulating local economic growth through the development of cultural heritage.
The aim of the project Specially Unknown is to promote the participation of refugees (TCN’s) in cultural life and society. As a first step in each of the 4 countries, field workers from four different refugee communities are trained to take oral history interviews of refugees. In the second step, the interviews are transcribed, and will be made accessible for research and stored in a public archive; a selection of which will be presented on an internet platform. In parallel, museums work together with the selected communities of the cities and develop, in a co-creative process, a final cultural event and exhibition. As a mid term event, the museums create, together with community members, a cultural event for the “intercultural weeks” of the city of Bochum on September 29th, 2018 (LWL Industrial Museum Hannover Colliery, Bochum/ Germany). The project has international outreach as there are frequent exchanges and visits, a final international conference, a meeting (in 2019) and an international Delphi study with partners in 4 additional EU states. The project's focus remains at the local and regional level in co-operation with the involved communities.
What happens when a maker comes in to contact with a museum? As it turns out, quite a lot! The Chester Beatty Library was joined by a dynamic, enthusiastic group of makers from the local community as well as the arts, science and cultural sectors as we looked at collections, including those of the Chester Beatty Library, to spark ideas and consider how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This workshop is part of the Making Museum project, an 18 month EU funded training initiative (Erasmus + 2017-2019) exploring how museum staff can up-skill in creativity, innovation, creative collaborations with local maker communities and embed these ideas in their public programmes for audiences.