EU School of Participation

Training Programme for Creative Practitioners interested in Community Art and Anthropology in the City

Urban Thresholds
1 - 8 August 2021 Graz /Eggenberg

In recent decades, cities have undergone dramatic social, economic and cultural changes, triggering debates about the design and the use of urban space.  For one week 34 artist practitioners and 14 artist facilitators collaborated in an artistic research process on topics of urban development, gentrification, living together, social segregation and displacement.
In different formations, framed by artistic facilitators, we found out how people living in Graz (and elsewhere) experience those changes. 

What participants have said about this training: 
“I learnt to respect everyone's opinions as a part of co-creation and also, confidence.”
“I have gained many new local contacts that are going to be very important when it comes to general collective actions, as well as for the development of new projects in the community.”
“The information and knowledge delivered …is clearly the result of decades of experience and thoughtful evolution. It was invaluable and would encourage as much exposure to that kind of expertise and work ethic as possible.”
“What impressed me was how the design and planning processes were very democratic. Everyone had a say, all ideas were welcome, and the overall outcome was a result of exchange and co-operation."

The movie of " EU School of Participation" in Graz, August 2021

Costume and Stage Design, Foto: Andrea Fischer, 2021



Fotografie & Video: Dainė Rinkecičiūtė, Lidija Krnjajić, Nedko Boyanov, Jelena Gajinović, Vesy Deyanova, Moritz Modell

Text/ Performance/ Dramaturgy. Fotos: Wolfgang Rappel, 2021.

Text/ Performance/ Dramaturgy. Fotos: Wolfgang Rappel, 2021.

Soundscapes - final conversation on the audio-podcast. Foto: Walther Moser, 2021

LINK to Soundscape Library

Staged Photography. Foto: Maryam Mohammadi, Joachim Hainzl, 2021.

La Strada 2021: Projekt "Eggenberger Stadtgeflüster" Foto: Andrea Fischer, 2021

The School of Participation is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and led by Walk the Plank.  With international partners Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria; Novi Sad 2021; Serbia, uniT Graz, Austria; Kaunas 2022, Lithuania; Coventry 2021, UK; and associate partners Limerick City & County Council, Ireland; aRe, Yerevan, Armenia; Tartu 2024, Estonia and Veszprem, Hungary. The School of Participation in Graz is co-funded by Graz Kultur, Land Steiermark Kultur, Europa, Sport und Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport.