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Workshop – Changemaking

9. June 2021 von 15:0017:00 CEST


Lydia Chatziiakovou – ArtBOX & Bilal Yılmaz – Art with an Impact – a short introduction

“Art for social change” is an artistic practice that engages communities to collectively create a positive, long-term impact on society. We will look at different approaches to engagement through examples from the contemporary art scene and through the experts’ own practice, such as ArtBOX’s current project “Common Lab – Manual for Social Innovation through Art” and “Freevolous City Stage” designed by Bilal Yilmaz. Participants will be encouraged to shift their own thinking towards participation and see art as an agent for social change.

ArtBOX is an office for creative art management that concepts and implements contemporary art projects based on strategic planning that deal with art as a means of social change. Founded in 1999, ArtBOX initially focused on the conception and coordination of exhibitions and festivals. Since 2010, ArtBOX has been using art as a tool for social change. With projects such as LABattoir, which was realised thanks to a subsidy from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and currently with Common Lab – an excellence initiative of the Goethe-Institut.

The workshop will be held in English and is limited to a maximum of 20 people.



Lydia Chatziiakovou co-directs ArtBOX, a creative arts management office that conceives and implements contemporary art projects in which art becomes an agent of social change, based on long-term strategic planning. She is currently curating Common Lab by the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and ArtBOX, which aims to develop a Manual for Social Innovation through Art „Common Lab“. She is also a member of the curatorial team of Freiraum – a Europe-wide network of arts, culture and civil society institutions.


Bilal Yılmaz is an interdisciplinary artist-designer based in Istanbul. His practice is based on uncovering potentials that are hidden due to the contemporary social, political and financial realities. His focus is on creating tools that activate spaces and communities through experimenting with alternative systems of engagement and collective production. In his object-based works, he uses light, sound and interaction to create sculptural objects, installations and experiences that shift the spectator’s perception and bring the joy of collectivity.


9. June 2021
15:00 – 17:00 CEST