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City and Culture: We are announcing the last workshops!

As early as 20-22 September 2017, the space of Barbara and Ruska 46 Yard will turn into meeting places for professionals connected with the cultural sector. The "City and Culture" conference, organized jointly by Wrocław 2016 Office, Unit of Urban and Rural Sociology and Unit of Sociology of Culture and Civilization at Institute of Sociology in University of Wroclaw and Municipality of Wroclaw will be an opportunity to present the results of months of research of the ECOC in Wrocław, to discuss the influence of culture on the development of cities in Poland, and above all to work during the workshops we have prepared for our participants.​

„Not FOR but WITH - participation doesn't have to be a nightmare” / Iza Rutkowska / Foundation of Forms and Shapes and Krzysztof Ziental / Social Participation Office of the Municipality of Wrocław

WHEN? Wednesday, 20.09.2017

WHERE? Ruska 46a, Wrocław

SCHEDULE? 15:00 – 17:30

FOR WHOM? For everyone who’s interested in creating cultural offer for the inhabitants.

Can an official handle consultations? Have you ever attended a consultative meeting and is it true that usually no one attends such meetings? What role can an artist play in the process of participation?

We will try to answer these question on the basis of some examples, the experience and knowledge of both the artist and the municipal official. First and foremost, however, we will talk whether participation must be a nightmare. We will try to demonstrate that the key to the practice of participation is to change the attitude of patronizing "for" people, to working together with "people".

Workshop leaders:

Iza Rutkowska - artist, animator and manager of culture. Founder of the Foundation of Forms and Shapes and School of Practical Science, director of the film "Podwórko im. All Residents ". She cooperates with city councils, numerous non-governmental organizations, cultural houses and art institutions in Poland and abroad. She has worked on projects in collaboration with Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery in Jakarta and the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. Its activities at the border of architecture, design and performance are focused on giving new forms and shapes of public space. They engage people from all walks of life and of all ages. They are ephemeral, but more often they are transforming themselves into a long process of local integration.

Krzysztof Ziental - art historian, conservator, participant practitioner, revitalization (Kalisz 2014-2016) and social participation official (Kalisz 2014-2016, Wroclaw 2016-present), City Plastic (Kalisz 2016); Coordinator of several dozen consultation processes, co-administrator of the Wrocław Rozmawia - a portal for social participation, a mentor of the Wrocław Small Initiative Fund; Husband of one wife and father of two children.

Foundation of Forms and Shapes online: /

Wrocław Rozmawia online: /

More info:

We’ll open the registration proces with the beginning of September, after announcing the full programme of the conference. Links to the online forms will be available on the website in the "Registration for workshops" tab.

You have questions about the full programme? You are curious how you can get prepared for the upcoming workshops? Contact us – 


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