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RESHAPE is a research and development project that brings together arts organisations from the Europe and the South Mediterranean to jointly create innovative organisational models and reflect on concrete answers to crucial challenges related to the production, distribution and presentation of contemporary art practices. The aim of RESHAPE is to imagine an alternative to the European arts ecosystem by rethinking its instruments and collaborative models, placing them in line with artistic and social innovation and the principles of fairness, solidarity, geographic balance and sustainability.

Personal appreciation

This project is very interesting for cultural professionals because it proposes a lot of tools to reflect on and develop alternative models of collaborating in the arts. Furthermore, these tools are developed by artists and professional from the independent scenes. They propose abstract and more concrete ways of thinking about governance, education and collaboration through games, virtual exhibitions, text, etc. These resources can be very useful for professionals that want to develop collaborations based on the above mentioned principles.

Contribution to the "Who knows?" handbook

The project proposes resources that are close to the reflection we want to promote in Shakin’. The consortium is composed of very big institutions and smaller cultural organisations that want to change their practices and explore alternatives for the cultural sector – what is really interesting is that they decided to rely on professionals from the independent scene because “RE-SHAPE partners are convinced that artists and cultural workers are innovation experts, that they are the ones who should invent future models for the arts sector.”
They work on 5 major challenges :
1) Value of art in social fabric - How to encourage under-standing of and promote the value of art in social fabric?
2) Fair governance models - How to make open, inclusive and flexible governance models?
3) Art and citizenship - How can art better support practising citizenship together?
4) Transnational / post-national artistic practices - What frame-work and tools do artists working transnationally need and how to provide them?
5) Solidarity Economies - How can solidarity funding encourage the vitality of contemporary arts in these uncertain times?


Link to material #1 - Humid Knowledge Library
“The Humid Knowledge Library is a space where dry and wet knowledge can come together without hierarchical relationship, competition, or resistance towards each other. A space where dry and wet knowledge overlay, intermingle, flow into each other and learn from one another. Here practical knowledge of knowing through doing becomes just as valuable as the maybe more drily learned institutional knowledge, and, together, a humid common ground is created. From this humid ground, from which almost all forms of ‘life’ come, we may be able to grow new things.”

Link to material #2 - Value of Art in Social Fabric
An interactive resource to question and reflect on conditions for independent cultural workers and artists.
“Using the metaphor of home, we questioned and mapped the areas of crisis that are affecting independent cultural workers and artists. Each room holds provocations in the form of questions, sometimes for ourselves but mostly directed at the institutions, funders, and large-scale organisations in positions of power, to challenge the toxic and oppressive work systems that we find ourselves in.”

Additional Information

Location Online
Original language(s) English
Existing translations
Length 2,5 years
Project runtime 2018 - 2021
Institution of affiliation ACT Association (Sofia, Bulgaria)
AltArt Foundation (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Artemrede (Santarém, Portugal)
Arts and Theatre Institute (Prague, Czech Republic)
British Council (London, United Kingdom)
Bunker (Ljubljana, Slovenia )
East European Performing Arts Platform (Lublin, Poland)
Flanders Arts Institute (Brussels, Belgium)
Goethe-Institut Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
Onassis Foundation & Onassis AiR: (inter)national artistic research program (Athens, Greece)
Onda — French office for contemporary performing arts circulation (Paris, France)
POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth (Zagreb, Croatia)
Pro Helvetia (Zürich, Switzerland)
Sponsor(s) European Union (Creative Europe programme)
Sofia Municipality (culture programme)
French Ministry of Culture
Republic of Croatia Ministry of Culture
Municipality of Croatia
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Name of contributor: Sonia Nikitin

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