Practice International is a partnership project between three European art institutions:
Iniva was founded in 1994, in response to a growing campaign for Black and Asian artists to be given more prominence and attention by the mainstream visual arts sector. As the idea for Iniva developed through its founding chair, the cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall, it encompassed ideas around Internationalism and the study of global artistic practice; that Iniva should seek out and champion artists from around the world whose work and ideas would provide new perspectives for Britain’s (then) predominantly western-centric view of the visual arts.
Today Iniva sits within and shares use of Rivington Place, a five-floor visual arts space in Shoreditch, designed by David Adjaye and built as a home for the study and celebration of global diversity. The establishing of the Stuart Hall Library at Rivington Place has not only encouraged and developed academic research in relation to Iniva’s field, it has also provided the catalyst for Iniva’s programming.
Iaspis is the Swedish Visual Arts Fund’s international programme commissioned to support international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art, design, craft and architecture. Iaspis’ activities aim to enable practitioners based in Sweden to develop artistically and improve their working conditions by establishing international contacts between artists and institutions, professionals such as curators, critics and others active in the field. Through Iaspis it is possible to apply for grants for international exchange and travel related to exhibitions, research and work and for international exchange projects in Sweden. Iaspis also runs an international and a Swedish residency programme. We invite curators, critics and other specialists for longer or shorter visits and are engaged in extensive international networks. Iaspis produces a public programme with seminars, exhibitions and other events discussing timely questions within the field of visual and applied arts in Sweden and abroad. The public programme is primarily aimed at professional practitioners. Iaspis continually produces publications in collaboration with Swedish and international publishers.
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory was founded in 1990 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as a platform for experimental art. Since 1996, Casco has developed a critical programme that explores art in the public realm, questioning the relation between art and its physical, social and political environment.
Central to Casco's approach has been openness and flexibility towards programming, with projects taking multiple forms; be this in public space, a publication, a discussion, a workshop, exhibition, symposium or event. Since 1996 Casco has also sporadically published its own magazine, Casco Issues.
In 2005 Casco took the new title of 'office for art, design and theory' in order to set a wider agenda towards an interdisciplinary practice that not only seeks to address these areas independently, but to venture into their cross-fertilizations, shared concepts, critical discourses, and their connections to other fields. Central to our investigation into these fields are the relationships between theory and practice.
Casco maintains a questioning approach to culture, which is also applied to its own position in the cultural field. Besides pursuing different modes of artistic production, Casco seeks to open its own infrastructure up to experimentation in order to push the position of a visual arts organisation, both in the fields of art and design, and in wider social, cultural and political frameworks.
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