Solidarity Economies

How can solidarity funding encourage the vitality of contemporary arts in these uncertain times?

Due to changing historical, cultural, political and economic factors, not all Europeans can cooperate within Europe in the same way (presenting, for example, German work in France is easy because of institutional support, while presenting work from Albania in Croatia is almost impossible, due to lack of institutional support).

Also, because of unstable political and social situation (political shifts leading to funding cuts, censorship, migration of artists and cultural workers due to political instability), funding institutions get stuck within their working frameworks and often don’t respond quickly enough to these unexpected circumstances. How to support art projects based on their artistic and collaborative potential rather than where they come from? How to create conditions and models which tackle the inequality of access to mobility and funding? How to make sure the unfunded (and thus virtually impossible) projects get funding and support?
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Various Faces of Solidarity — An interview with Nike Jonah

Nike Jonah is a research fellow with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at University College London and is also the lead for the Pop Culture and Social Change initiative at Counterpoint Arts. She engages in questions of strategic development in the cultural sector and across creative industries. In the context of RESHAPE, she was the facilitator of the solidarity economies trajectory, where questions of how art and cultural projects can be supported for their potential and not for where they are coming from have been raised. In this conversation, we address how the concept of solidarity funding was unpacked, and how the different projects and prototypes potentially manifesting it emerged.

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