Reflections from the first GALA general meeting

20th January 2015

Green Art Lab Alliance

Back in 2013, GALA met for the first time to discuss the project goals and how to address the growing relationship between arts and sustainability.

The inaugural meeting took place at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands. By bringing the project’s international partners together, this meeting allowed for collaborations and connections to be forged between like-minded organisations looking at the myriad possibilities for artists working within the context of sustainability.

Discussions began with keynote speaker Catherine Langabeer of Julie’s Bicycle introducing JB’s work, moving onwards to a “wishes and challenges” brainstorming session, along with project presentations by all of the GALA partners. Projects that GALA partners are involved with range from an artists’ lab treehouse in rural Abruzzo to an online platform that connects the artists’ networks of Europe and Asia.

Though this meeting took place nearly two years ago, the linkages and ideas formed around this network have come to play a critical role in the development of arts and sustainability projects across the world. With the final GALA meeting coming to Glasgow in March 2015, it’s imperative to reflect on the progress that has been made through the opportunities presented by GALA.

More information and full details about this first meeting can be read on the TransArtists website.


Image:© 2005 – 2014 DutchCulture | TransArtists



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