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 ŠILAINIAI PROJECT 2017

16 June – Šilainiai Project happening at BeePart in Vilnius, Lithuania

14 July – Šilainiai [PARIS] Project

15 July – Šilainiai [FORTAS] Project

July – October – Šilainiai Photo walks and workshops at schools (dates to be confirmed)

August – Šilainiai Project artist residencies and ‘Tea with the artist’ meetings (dates to be confirmed)

11 September – Šilainiai [RESEARCH] Project

4 December – 31 January 2018 – Šilainiai Photo exhibition at Šilainiai library

This year Šilainiai Project artist residencies are partly financed by the Lithuanian Culture Council and Šilainiai Photo project is partly financed by ‘Initiatives for Kaunas’ and the Lithuanian Culture Council. Thank you.

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I invite you all to support the continuation of a community based art project in Šilainiai post-war housing estate in Kaunas (LT). In 2016, with minimal resources I was able to organise a global artist residence in the neighbourhood, several exhibitions, public walks introducing residents to their seemingly generic but actually extremely diverse community, poetry readings and photography workshops. I would like to continue doing amazing things for the community in 2017 too! Please support and/or share. Thank you very much.

https://www.gofundme.com/silainiai

Kind regards,
Evelina Šimkutė, Founder, Šilainiai Project

 

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2016 has been the most amazing year.

The project has received the best reception and support from the local community. It was extensively covered by the press and it grew.

In short, Šilainiai Project in 2016:

–       Organised and/or led 8 public walks in Šilainiai, about 100 people participated;

–       Organised and led 5 photography/ contemporary art workshops in local schools for pupils aged 11-18;

–       Organised and led 5 artist talks in Šilainiai library;

–       Hosted 6 international artists, who worked in public spaces in Šilainiai;

–       Produced 3 exhibitions;

–       Initiated 2 artist discussions at Kabinetas project space;

–       Curated first art happening in Kaunas VIII Fort;

–       Supported international day of phylosophy in X Battery;

–       Initiated Humans of Šilainiai photography series;

–       Started Šilainiai archive of images and oral histories;

–       Started building a network of artist communities in Lithuania.

What I am most proud of is that it connected people together and inspired creativity.

Šilainiai Photo-walk, 2016

These are the activities I would like to organise through Šilainiai Project in 2017-2018:

–       Host 5 international artist residencies, if possible, rent an appartment that would enable us to have a public engagemet programme in an open studio setting;

–       Enable one-two artists from Šilainiai to produce a public piece of art in Šilainiai;

–       Support the creation of the first collaborative street art/mural in Šilainiai by pupils from Grušas Art gymnasium and Kaunas school for pupils with special needs;

–       Organise 6-7 Artist talks in Šilainiai library;

–       Produce 3 exhibitions: Šilainiai stories, Šilainiai residency and one exhibition displaying work of one very special senior resident;

–       Initiate/lead at least 2 discussions on subjects like cummunity art;

–       Curate 2 art happenings in Kaunas Forts;

–       Organise and lead 6 photography workshops in local schools with pupils aged 11-17;

Photography workshop in local school, 2016

–       Continue Humans of Šilainiai photography series;

–       Continue collecting Šilainiai archive of images and oral histories;

–        Create Šilainiai Project publication;

–        Finalise Marija Nemčenko artwork that she created in 2016: put it on a billboard in Kaunas;

–       Organise public walks in Šilainiai that would be led by myself, but also by local residents;

–       Organise poetry readings in Šilainiai public places;

–       Organise Šilainiai flag creation workshops;

–       Organise ‘Bastille Day’ celebration in Šilainiai, which will involve both local communtity, artists from Kaunas and other cities in Lithuania;

–       Support practical design-architecture workshops in public spaces in Šilainiai;

–       Initiate/ organise a public event, where graphic/ street art/ animation would be screened on multy-storey buildings in Šilainiai, Pilaitė (Vilnius), Pietinis (Šiauliai) and Klaipėda. The event would be accompanied by live music. During the day, there would be a talk/ discussion about the use of public spaces in Lithuanian ‘sleeping distrcts’.

–       Continue building a network of artist communities in Lithuania.

Senior poets’ community at Šilainiai Library, 2016

This is my proposed year plan, that will involve many partners, team members and volunteers. It will require me to work full-time and I need to be based on-site.

I currently do not receive any other income, so will only be able to do what is funded.

My practice is very open and I strongly believe in collaboration. I am working with local NGO’s (partners listed below) in implementing my activities.

I am currently going through intensive training in cross-sectorial cooperation, participation and art management and will be implementing my knowledge in 2017.

Yes, this is an ambitious plan and in so many ways I am breaking new ground. But 2016 has proved that this project is important and is needed. And that nothing is impossible, unless, of course, you do nothing. So I am taking a leap of faith again and I’m trying.

CONTACT

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to hear more about any part of the project.

Please do so via www.evelinasimkute.com

LINKS

Project websites:

www.silainiaiproject.com

www.silainiaiphoto.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/silainiaiproject

https://www.facebook.com/silainiaiphoto/

Project volunteer page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/349801702029771/

2017 PARTNERS

Lithuanian Artist Association, Kaunas department

Lithuanian Association of Photographers

Kaunas Martynas Mažvydas public library, Šilainiai department

Kaunas Fortress Park

Kaunas Artists’ Home

Art management platform ‘Arthesis’

Kaunas Street Art festival ‘Nykoka’

Šilainiai Community Association

Kaunas Grušas Art gymnasium

Kaunas Jonas Basanavičius gymnasium

Yard gallery (Kiemo galerija, Kaunas)

ŠILAINIAI PROJECT IN THE PRESS

Evelinos Šimkutės Šilainiai – balta drobė kūrybai. Kaunas pilnas kultūros. December 2016. Online: http://pilnas.kaunas.lt/2016/12/14/evelinos-simkutes-silainiai-balta-drobe-kurybai/

Audronė Meškauskaitė, Gyvenimą keičiantis menas. 2016 11 24 – 2016 12 07. Nemunas, Nr. 20 (980)

Vaida Stepanovaitė, Decentralizacijos projektų patirtys Lietuvoje. 2016 11 25. Online: http://literaturairmenas.lt/2016-11-25-nr-3591/3625-daile/5588-vaida-stepanovaite-decentralizacijos-projektu-patirtys-lietuvoje

Neringa Krikščiūnaitė, Kitoks Šilainių veidas. 2016 11 25.  Online: http://literaturairmenas.lt/2016-11-25-nr-3591/3625-daile/5587-neringa-kriksciunaite-kitoks-silainiu-veidas

Evelina Šimkutė: „Šilainių fasadas tėra viena dėlionės dalis“. 2016 09 28. Online:http://kamane.lt/Kamanes-tekstai/Kinas-ir-fotografija/Evelina-Simkute-Silainiu-fasadas-tera-viena-deliones-dalis

Tyrimų laukas – Šilainių mikrorajonas. 2016 09 19. Online: http://kauno.diena.lt/naujienos/kaunas/menas-ir-pramogos/tyrimu-laukas-silainiu-mikrorajonas-771776

Deep Baltic Blog. A sleeping district of poets and painters: redefining Kaunas’s Šilainiai. 2016 10 31. Online:  https://deepbaltic.com/2016/10/31/a-sleeping-district-of-poets-and-painters-redefining-kaunass-silainiai/

Evelina Šimkutė: „Kūryboje ir darbuose Šilainiai visada buvo su manimi“. 2016 08 31. Online:  http://kalbasilainiai.lt/evelina-simkute-kuryboje-ir-darbuose-silainiai-visada-buvo-su-manimi/

Daugiaaukščių Šilainių istorija domina net japonus ir australus. 2016 08 28. Online:http://kultura.lrytas.lt/meno-pulsas/daugiaauksciu-silainiu-istorija-domina-net-japonus-ir-australus.htm?utm_source=lrExtraLinks&utm_campaign=Copy&utm_medium=Copy

Kaip miegamasis rajonas virsta kultūriniu židiniu. 2016 08 09. Online: http://www.15min.lt/kultura/naujiena/asmenybe/kaip-miegamasis-rajonas-virsta-kulturiniu-zidiniu-285-666627

Kokie yra tikrieji Šilainiai? 2016 08 05. Online: http://klaipeda.diena.lt/naujienos/kaunas/menas-ir-pramogos/kokie-yra-tikrieji-silainiai-763975

Evelina Šimkutė: „Šilainių ilgesys išaugino idėją surengti rajono nuotraukų parodą“. 2015 10 22. Online: https://www.silainiubustas.lt/index.php/puslapiai/kalba-silainiai/naujienos/evelina-simkute-silainiu-ilgesys-isaugino-ideja-surengti-rajono-nuotrauku-paroda/336770