Art Matters - workshop series

11.12.2017 |

Tomorrow in Berlin, the International Alumni Center (IAC) will host a 2 day workshop series addressing some of the complex issues affecting contemporary arts practices as a direct result of increased migration. “ART MATTERS - contemporary arts practices in post-migrant societies” will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The Art Matters workshop series has the fundamental goal of being a driver for social change, as it examines the impact migration has had and continues to have on contemporary art. Co-curated by Virág Major, Hannah Marquardt and Christine Rahn, the workshop is split into 4 modules that breakdown the key components of the topic.

A number of migration related issues have impacted on many aspects of the field of contemporary art. This has manifested in the forms of more contemporary art productions, projects, initiatives and programmes being developed as well as a shift in the funding structures to be more inclusive of refugees. This shift makes large and small-scale funding more accessible and the funding structures re developed in more cohesive ways so as to support and sustain the growing need for artistic expression of the migrant experience.     

The workshop is open to artists, contemporary art professionals, curators, educators, policy makers, mediators, facilitators, researchers and more. This diversity of voices and experiences will ensure a comprehensive approach to the topic, further supported by input from local and foreign experts.  Module presenters from various cultural and educational institutions will be attending, bring points of view from London, Berlin, Venice, Istanbul, Syria, Leipzig and Cairo . 

The workshops will be held in English and there will be a public discussion open to all on Tuesday night at 7pm. The workshop series is funded by the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network.

“ART MATTERS - contemporary arts practices in post-migrant societies” will be held from Tuesday 12th to Wednesday 13th December 2017 at the International Alumni Center (IAC). More information can be found here online and relevant questions or enquiries can be emailed to virag.major(at)    

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