It was my privilege to be invited along with Eva Merz from the New Social Art School to speak at a recent conference in Lisbon. The event marked the completion of a series of successful experimental socially engaged art projects in 7 different challenging neighbourhoods in the city. The project called EVA marked an important change in direction for art in the city, where experimental collaborative practice of this nature is still seen as rare.
Eva Merz and myself were able to provide context from our own projects in the UK and in return learn about the issues facing artists working with poor communities in Lisbon.
The conference was hosted by the National Immigration Centre on 23rd Sept 2010. It was introduced by Pedro Calado, representing the City's cultural department who were partners in EVA and Paulo Gouveia from the Clube Português de Artes e Ideias who's amazing studio managed the residencies.