Continuing its long-lasting project with Lithuanian students “Everyday Objects in Art”, gallery (AV17) is organizing a creative-educational workshop and is inviting Ukrainian youth between the ages of 16 and 29 to join. The workshop, which will run from the 11th until the 22nd of July, will be led by Lithuanian artists from a variety of different practices and spheres of interest. Participants will be introduced to principal techniques of sculpture and ready-made production and will create objects applying everyday methods that do not require specific tools, opting instead for already present objects and secondary material. This will stimulate a mode of self-expression that is accessible to all, one that is easily applicable even after the commencement of the workshop. The creative workshop is based upon art therapy methods, thus not only familiarizing with art and its different mediums but also creating opportunities for an easier reflection, expression, and acceptance of emotions. Workshops are focused on self-knowledge through creative activities as a universal nonverbal tool allowing one to communicate not only to oneself but to others as well.

Attending the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to listen to educational lectures, actively engage in discussions, and produce their own artworks together with professional Lithuanian artists and educators: Aurelija Maknytė, Marija Šnipaitė, Neringa Zakarauskaitė, Saulė Noreikaitė, Austėja Varnė, Remigijus Rančys and Monika Gedrimaitė. Photographer Aurelija Maknytė will showcase how the ready-made concept could be utilized within photography and introduce various camera-less techniques. Putting theory into practice, the participants will be creating their own photograms and chemigrams – photographs that are produced without a camera, utilizing photosensitive paper by exposing it to light. The artworks of sculptor Marija Šnipaitė are often influenced by a combination of everyday domestic rituals and works of literature, resulting in a complex and often chaotic web of associations. Together with the attendees, Marija will examine the compositions of spatial bodies, objects, and their relationship to both oneself and the surrounding environment. Artists Neringa Zakarauskaitė and Monika Gedrimaitė will invite the participants to produce joint installations, and, throughout the creative process, will encourage them to share their experiences in a non-verbal manner with the hope that in the end, this will result in an acquired sense of community. Austeja Varnė will show how to utilize accessible materials to create objects of light that are both easy to make and could also be put to practical use in one’s environment. Conducting classes of performance art, Saulė Noreikaitė will seek to free and express emotions through movement. On the other hand, Remigijus Rančys’ musical classes will direct their attention toward the relationship between body, sound, and object. The creative workshop will encourage its attendees to express their emotions and feelings.

The (AV17) gallery distinguishes itself from its peers by its focus to introduce exclusively contemporary object and installation art. The main goal of the gallery is to popularize contemporary art among different audiences, to increase one’s comprehension as well as interest in art, and do so by using various creative ways relevant to contemporary viewers. The educational activities inside and outside the gallery comprise informal meet-ups with artists, workshops, lectures, and other events introducing contemporary art to the general public.

The project is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Project partner – Užupis Art Incubator.

Registration here