Melting Art, Creativity and Marine Sciences to foster Ocean Literacy in the Mediterranean area
Ocean health is an urgent issue and the focus of the United Nations’ most recent actions. ART4SEA aims to contribute to the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) combining art, creativity, science and technology to raise public awareness toward a greater respect for the marine environment.
The project will mix and match modes of co-production, mentoring, and in-person and distance training, striking an appropriate balance between the need to have physical interactions and the need to reduce travel that is costly in terms of carbon footprint.
Twenty-four international artists will be selected through an open call and trained on ocean conservation, sustainable practices in art and digital technologies. Three small islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Ustica in Italy, Alonissos in Greece and Gozo in Malta, will then host a distributed residency program, where artists will be inspired by the beautiful natural environments, the ancient maritime traditions and the direct relationships with locals to create born-digital and physical artworks.
All the artworks will be showcased in exhibitions on the islands and in an exhibition – accessible both on the web and the metaverse – that will be at first housed in the three islands and in the Vision Multimedia Center in Vlora, Albania.
The ART4SEA project will conclude with a grand event in Ustica, during which the old part of the island will be enlivened by various performances staged with the participation of the local community.
- Call: CREA-CULT-2022-COOP managed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
- Duration: 36 months
- Start Date: 1st of February 2022
- Total Budget: € 1.426.786,00
- EU Contribution: € 998.750,12
- Partners: 7
- Involved Countries: Italy, Malta, Greece, Spain, Albania
It provides a holistic and cross-sectoral model based on a participatory approach to actively involve artists, creative and cultural professionals in the co-creation of physical and digital works of art to disseminate and promote environmental culture as a transversal factor of sustainable development.
Training and capacity building
It provides tools and solutions to improve the skills and capabilities of the selected artists. A training program will be designed focusing on 3 relevant topics: 1) “Ocean Threats”, what are the most urgent and relevant risks to the ocean and the marine ecosystem; 2) “Sustainability”, how to adopt environment friendly practices for creative processes; 3) “digital technologies”, how to combine creativity and digital media to produce innovative artworks. Furthermore, a distributed residency program will take place on three small Mediterranean Islands (Ustica in Italy, Alonissos in Greece, and Gozo in Malta) and specific mentoring sessions will be provided during the artwork creation process.
Exhibitions Production & Sustainability
It includes actions dedicated to demonstrating the proposed cooperation framework by involving the selected artists in the creation of their physical and digital artworks. Local exhibitions will be organized on the three islands and a fully virtual exhibition will be displayed on the Virtual Exhibition Platform containing all the artworks created during the residencies.
Ustica, Alonissos and Gozo will be the inspiration and the first destination of the ART4SEA project. A 7 days residency program will take place on these three small islands in the Mediterranean basin, where the beautiful natural environments, ancient maritime traditions and direct relationships with locals will inspire the artists in their own creativity.
The physical artworks will be then integrated with the marine, natural and architectural landscapes of the islands, thus creating an open-air and underwater museum that could characterize Ustica, Alonissos and Gozo as lighthouses of the Ocean Conservation.
A strength of the project is the very diverse partnership. The ART4SEA consortium is made of 7 high-profile European cross-sectoral partners carefully selected for their acknowledged excellence to provide the necessary knowledge, expertise, and state-of-the-art background required to ensure the success of the project as well as the sustainability of the proposed approach and expected results. All the partners share the common interest and a consolidated experience about the sea environment with different and complementary perspectives.