WHAT WE DID
Phase One of the From East to West with Love project consisted of one-off events, an exhibition, public discussions and an artist residency. This two-week pilot event took place in September-November 2016 in Coventry, and Łódź, Poland. This project was majorly influenced by a growing cultural sector response to Eastern and Central European migrations and their implications for cultural policy, particularly in cities.
Open Call / In collaboration with Kalejdoskop East – West we have created an open call for short films responding to the concepts of Fusion, Collision, Translation, Adaptation, and Transition. From over 80 international submissions selection of a 15 films was screened on 27th September at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, UK, as well as on the 28th at Kino Bodo in Łódź, Poland.
Public Forum / The East-West Open Forum delivered in conjunction with FACETS talks (Coventry University), consisted of a panel of creative practitioners and academics, creating an opportunity for the local cultural community to learn, engage, question and identify with the current changes in culture and the opportunities that Eastern and Western European mobility provides for the cultural and creative industries.
Multidisciplinary Exhibition / The exhibition curated as part of this venture at The Glass Box Gallery consisted of carefully commissioned collective of Eastern and Western European artists who transformed The Glass Box Gallery into an intersection of East and West where the audience could experience and engage with the realities (both current and potential) of this interconnection. The two sides highlighted their identities in a current political climate of flux and uncertainty with the reality of a huge East-West demographic coming together.