‘That which the soul does for the body
Is what the artist does for their village’
‘Soul’ by Gabriela Mistral (translated from the Spanish)
The Global Arts Village is in a research and development phase, exploring the potential for establishing a lively exchange network for rural communities, professional companies and artists from around the world that live, work and create great art in the rural and global context. Our vision is to develop a unique global platform for the sharing and development of artistic practice in order to develop environmental and cross-cultural understanding, enabling change and positive social development across rural areas.
The project will build upon recent successes of the LW400 programme. Teachers we worked with want to develop more work exploring contemporary global issues through art. They felt this part of the project was especially important for their children, working in isolated, rural areas with little to no ethnic diversity.
We will research the potential for The Global Arts Village (50% of the world’s population live in rural communities) to establish lasting connections between rural communities worldwide, and create a lively exchange network for communities, professional companies and artists; and explore how it could become an inspirational hub for the very best of international practice, and how it could exist as a digital location. By the end of the R&D period, the intention would be to design a website framework which will act as a celebration of rural arts practitioners and global pioneers. A pilot engagement scheme, involving international artists and rural groups will help identify key factors in developing a programme of global engagement.
Sue and Pete Flowers have already worked extensively with international artists, most notably through the ¡Viva México! project in 2007. A video about the project can be viewed on Vimeo if you click here.