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Summer School Lorenzo il Magnifico (L.I.M. University)

Economy of cultural heritage in Europe
Florence, Italy, September 1998

Target group:

  • You are a student at least in the third year of university or a young professional in the cultural or tourist sector
  • You study preferably art history, economics, management, tourism or architecture
  • You have an intermediate or higher level in French and possibly understand Italian
  • You would like to work in the cultural sector or acquire more knowledge

Date and place:

You must be interested in a trip to Florence to take part in the summer school dedicated to the economy of cultural heritage in Europe, which will take place from 2nd to 16th September 1998.

Organisers:

The Institut Français of Florence, in partnership with Culturelink, the Council of Europe, the Toscany Region, the cultural meeting centres association, and European universities. The first session of this summer school will deal with a theme which has not often been studied until now, even if it is an important one for Europe today.

Topic:

Indeed, we can see throughout the continent that cultural heritage comes to life again when used for new activities. This is not a new phenomenon, but it will have a great future in the coming years. What are the examples, plans, and future possibilities offered by the exploitation of cultural heritage? How and why should we use cultural heritage, apart from scientific preservation? What are the consequences?

The Lorenzo il Magnifico summer school proposes to answer these questions through conferences, meetings with professionals, sightseeing and working groups.

Working language:

French (intermediate level) and Italian (beginner level), exceptionally English.

Registration deadline:

  • applications will be accepted from 5 January to 15 June 1998. The applicants should send back the application forms as soon as possible. Limited to 60, applicants will be selected on the first-come-first-served basis (according to the date on the postmark), as well as according to the curriculum vitae and personal motivation;
  • selection and enrollment until 30 June 1998;
  • choice between different prices, with or without accommodation.

For any information or to receive an application form and pre-programme, please contact: L'Institut Français de Florence, Italy, tel.: 55/239 89 02; fax: 55/21 72 96; e-mail: france-m@fol.it

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The African Information Society Initiative (AISI)

The African Information Society Initiative (AISI) is:

  • a framework on which to base information and communication activities in Africa;
  • a partnership between multilateral and bilateral non-governmental and private sector organizations working with African countries; and
  • a means for Africa to join the global information society and economy.

The African Information Society Initiative (AISI): an Action Framework to Build Africa's Information and Communication Infrastructure was adopted in May 1996 by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Ministers. AISI is also the principal activity within the United Nations System-Wide Special Initiative on Africa programme on Harnessing Information Technology for Development (HITD/SIA). ECA is the lead agency for the implementations of both AISI and HITD/SIA.

AISI's roots go back to April 1995 and the African Regional Symposium on Telematics for Development organized by ECA, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). These organizations, and others, have subsequently collaborated on a series of activities under the heading The African Networking Initiative (ANI), to engage African stakeholders in an evaluation of a strategy for action - AISI.

The AISI action framework calls for the elaboration and implementation of national information and communication infrastructure plans involving the development of institutional frameworks, human, information and technological resources in all African countries, and the pursuit of priority strategies, programmes and projects which can assist in the sustainable build-up of an information society in African countries, which in turn will accelerate African development plans, stimulate growth, and provide new opportunities in healthcare, food security, education and research, culture, trade and commerce, job creation, and tourism.

AISI intends to realize a sustainable information society in Africa by the year 2010. With this aim, the AISI programme areas cover the following:

  • Policy and Awareness -
    raising awareness of the issues related to information and communication technologies and the possibilities they offer for Africa's development, through workshops for planners, policy makers and sectoral users, case-studies, 'best practices', and dissemination of the AISI action framework at major regional political events.
  • Democratizing Access to Information Society -
    provision of access to information and communication services in rural and remote areas, to accelerate the development of disadvantaged communities through the establishment of multipurpose rural community telecentres.
  • Internet Connectivity -
    connection of all African countries and areas within those countries to the Internet with sufficient bandwidth, by using different technologies and tackling policy constraints.

The following programme areas of AISI are currently under development:

  • National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Plans -
    development of demand-driven policy programmes reflecting national needs and priorities for action in utilizing information and communication technologies to accelerate socio-economic development.
  • Development Information -
    development of an 'infostructure', organizing information relevant to the social and economic aspects of African development. This comprises collecting African information sources by country, the development and use of software that addresses the variety of African languages and levels of literacy, and the establishment and operation of an electronic clearinghouse on meta-information as well as information on African development.
  • Sector Applications -
    software applications that may help countries to overcome development constraints in various sectors of society. The compilation of an inventory of sector applications that are available to others will assist in the elaboration of national action programmes in the fields of health, education, trade and debt.
  • Training -
    training and capacity building to enhance the technical know-how and the spread of information and communication technologies. This includes the establishment of regional institutions and the development of demonstration courses. Attention will be given to the introduction of information and communication technologies into public schools, training of information workers (including librarians) in electronic information management, and training in Internet systems operation, administration and maintenance.

Periodic meetings of the members of the Coordination Committee on Information and Communications Technologies in Africa have included the recently held African Technical Advisory Committee Meeting and the Regional Co-ordinating Meeting of Partners in Promoting Information Technology for Development in Africa, both held in Addis Ababa in October 1997, as well as the Donor and Executing Agency Meeting on Information Technology for Development in Africa, held in Rabat, Morocco, in April 1997.

The African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) was appointed within the institutional framework required for implementing AISI. Its functions include:

  • advising ECA and the implementing partners on programmes, projects and areas of emphasis for the Initiative;
  • advocacy on behalf of the African Information Society Initiative;
  • identifying constraints on the full implementation of the Initiative;
  • identifying best practices in the area of information and communication technology for development and bringing them to the attention of ECA;
  • helping ECA and its implementation partners mobilize resources for AISI through contacts with various agencies; and
  • evaluating the results of the Initiative.

Contact: Dr. Nancy J. Hafkin, UNECA, PO Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; tel.: +251-1-511167; fax: +251-1-514416; e-mail: Hafkin.uneca@un.org or
Ms. K. Bounemra Ben Soltane, Director, Development Information Services Division, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; tel.: +251-1-510512; fax: +251-1-511408; e-mail: ecainfo@un.org; http://www.bellanet.org/partners/aisi/

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The International Association of Art

The International Association of Art (iaa), a non-governmental organization created in 1954 under the auspices of UNESCO, represents painters, sculptors, engravers and other professional artists practising the visual arts in 82 countries worldwide. Artists are represented in the iaa by their National Committees for the Visual Arts, gathering the majority of professional artists including all schools and tendencies, without any exclusions on aesthetic, ideological or other grounds.

The aims of the iaa are as follows:

  • to contribute to the artistic development of each country, making art available to all sections of the population;
  • to sustain permanent contacts between artists of all countries, serving as a clearing house of recent information on art, aesthetic, technical and sociological aspects of artistic development, and findings of international meetings;
  • to defend the moral and material interests of artists everywhere, securing free access to museums for artists and encouraging the respect of international agreements in favour of the free circulation of artists' works.

The iaa publishes its Bulletin in English and French, planning a Spanish edition for the future.

Address: International Association of Art, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France.

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The International Music Council (IMC)

The International Music Council (IMC) was founded in 1949 as a UNESCO non-governmental advisory body on musical matters. The IMC comprises national music committees of some seventy countries worldwide, over thirty international organizations and associate members representing most fields of musical activity, as well as individual members and members of honour chosen among the world's outstanding musicians. Members include composers, performers, teachers, scholars and librarians, publishers of books, scores and records, libraries, documentation centres, and the media. The IMC is governed by a 12-member Executive Committee, and it has a permanent Secretariat at UNESCO in Paris. A network of regional secretariats in Europe, Africa, Asia/Oceania, the Arab countries and Latin America promotes regional projects under the aegis of the IMC.

The purpose of the IMC is to contribute to the development and strengthening of friendly working relations between the various musical cultures of the world through its concern with music creation, education, performance and dissemination, with music research and documentation, with social problems of musicians, and other aspects of musical life. The Council is involved with all types of music, ranging from traditional and folk music to jazz, pop, contemporary and classical music.

The International Music Council's main projects include the following:

  • Music education for the twenty-first century - aiming to incorporate music education in the UNESCO education programme;
  • Rostra - organized in cooperation with broadcasting organizations and being international and regional in scope, Rostra are designed to promote traditional music, bring recognition to living composers, promote the careers of young performers, and offer performance interchange opportunities to musicians and music from all regions of the world;
  • Recordings - producing the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music Recordings in cooperation with the International Institute for Traditional Music (Berlin). Some 150 titles have been published so far;
  • The Universe of Music: A History (UMH) - to consist of twelve volumes written by distinguished authors and accompanied by rich audio-visual material, this will be the first worldwide history of music concerned with all kinds of music of any region of the world and in every period of history;
  • IMC/UNESCO International Music Prize - awarded annually by competition to eminent personalities in all fields of music and to important national and international institutions which substantially further musical life;
  • International Music Day (IMD) - initiated in 1975 by Yehudi Menuhin and celebrated annually on 1 October, recognizing music as a basic staple of mankind;
  • General Assembly - bi-annual gathering and symposium of IMC members;
  • Networks and publications - holding regular meetings of international member associations and regional groups to ensure the viability of the IMC, and publishing the periodical Resonance to promote the visibility of IMC endeavours;
  • Contributions to UNESCO's projects - participating in musical aspects of various UNESCO programmes and contributing (through symposia, concerts, publications, etc.) to inquiries into the musical needs and resources of various world regions.

Other current projects include research into the new media and technology, study of the impact of multiculturalism, festivals, workshops and symposia, a computerized directory of existing data banks in the field of music, preservation, restoration and computerized cataloguing of music, as well as recording and publication of contemporary music from less favoured regions of the world.

For more information, please contact: International Music Council (IMC), UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France, tel.: 33(1) 45 68 25 50; fax: 33(1) 43 06 87 98.

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The International Federation of Actors (FIA)

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is an international body representing the trade unions of actors, dancers, singers, variety and circus artists, and other performers throughout the world. Formed in 1952, the Federation now has over 70 member unions, guilds and associations in more than 50 countries, representing over 250,000 performers.

Encouraging the sharing of knowledge and experience among its members, the FIA is active in the international representation of its members, union co-operation and solidarity, information exchange and lobbying, trade union development. Its areas of work cover live performances, the media and new technology, performers' intellectual property rights and collecting societies for the administration of these rights, artists' freedom, and women's and other performers' professional and social concerns.

Funded by its own member unions and run with the membership's full participation, the FIA has an executive body which meets annually, while its Congress takes place every four years. The next Congress is to be held in the year 2000.

For more information, please contact: Katherine Sand, General Secretary, FIA, Guild House, Upper St. Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 171 379 0900; fax: +44 171 379 8260; e-mail: FiaLondon@compuserve.com

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Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)

Founded in 1957, the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste IGBK (International Association of Fine Arts) acts as the national committee for the Federal Republic of Germany in the International Association of Art (iaa), an international non-governmental organization with the advisory status at UNESCO (See
p. 12 in this issue.).

Seeking cooperation with authorities and institutions at all political levels, the IGBK serves as a contact partner for groups of artists and single artists not belonging to any organization, who aim to improve their professional, social and legal status. Cooperating with other national committees of the iaa, the IGBK gathers information on international competitions and artists' exchanges, arranging participation opportunities in cross-border symposiums and making arrangements for visiting guests.

The Association also provides advice on matters concerning the status of artists, helping in dealing with customs formalities and issuing UNESCO's artist identity card.

The IGBK regularly publishes reference works and statements on artistic and cultural policy issues, such as Grants and Art Prizes in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Information Guide to Europe for Visual Artists, and the information brochure The Status of the Artist in the Federal Republic of Germany - Facts and Demands.

The Association also organizes artistic projects and symposia.

For more information, please contact: Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste IGBK, Weberstr. 61, 53113 Bonn, Germany, tel.: 0228/21 61 41; fax: 0228/21 61 05.

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Instituto Andino de Artes Populares (IADAP)

Established in 1977 at the Eighth Meeting of the Ministers of Education of the Convenio Andr‚s Bello, the Instituto Andino de Artes Populares (IADAP) is a specialized entity of the Convenio whose mission is to broaden and strengthen the educational, scientific, technological and cultural integration of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Spain, and other Latin American countries. The Institute's objectives are as follows:

  • to contribute to, and to strengthen, the cultural identity of the peoples of the Organization's member states, respecting their local differences;
  • to contribute to the recognition of the cultural dimension of development and the effects of social ethics, respecting the diversity of values and cultures, as well as promoting the spirit of peace, solidarity and cooperation between peoples;
  • to contribute to the rescue and preservation of cultural heritage;
  • to actively promote animation, intervention, administration and management of cultural processes on subnational levels, strengthening the participation of civil society in constituting active, democratic states and in forming an intercultural dialogue between communities; and
  • to promote the unification of the criteria in the member countries, allowing for the recognition of levels of education and professional training in the arts acquired at the margins of formal educational establishments.

Among its cultural services, the IADAP offers technical assistance in cultural management, training and animation; it runs a documentation centre to facilitate the circulation of publications, information retrieval and analysis; an arts and crafts gallery has been established for the promotion and commercialization of the arts; finally, an editorial unit publishes the Institute's quarterly information bulletin Bocina de los Andes, as well as the Revista Identidades (biannually) and the bibliographical bulletin Diablo Huma of the Red Andina de Información sobre Artes Populares, appearing twice a year.

The IADAP is active in the fields of arts training and promotion of the arts, offering participation in fairs, seminars, publications and projects, as well as institutionalizing arts fairs as places for the exchange of experience and technologies between arts communities.

The Institute coordinates a calendar of events on the local, national and subregional levels, and is working on an arts legislation proposal, including the free transit of cultural goods. Subregional centres of popular culture are promoted through interinstitutional coordination and intercultural events, such as academic meetings concerned with oral literature, identity, oral tradition and popular dance, popular music, and the crafts.

For more information, please contact: Instituto Andino de Artes Populares, Diego de Atienza y Av. América, Apartados Postales 17-07-9184/17-01-555, Quito, Ecuador, tel.: (593-2) 553-684, 554-908; fax: (593-2) 563-096.

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Trans Artists

Trans Artists is an independent information centre for visual artists, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. Dutch artists who consider working abroad and artists from foreign countries who want information about working in the Netherlands can address themselves to Trans Artists. This information centre meets the needs for a central desk where opportunities for developing cultural activities abroad can be examined.

The aim of Trans Artists is to enable visual artists to create their own networks and make the most of their stay in another country. Furthermore, Trans Artists can promote international contacts and co-operation between artists, artists' initiatives, cultural institutions and arts councils. For the time being, Trans Artists will concentrate on the possibilities for artists who live in Europe, the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Trans Artists informs about studio space, artist in residences, projects, master classes, exchange programmes, workshops and grants.

How to keep Trans Artists up-to-date?

To provide accurate current information, Trans Artists maintains relations with artists, artists' initiatives, cultural institutions, arts councils and cultural networks in the Netherlands and abroad. It is important that they inform Trans Artists about the possibilities for artists to work abroad, exchange programmes, deadlines for subscribing, etcetera. All the information is stored in a database. In the course of 1998, the information in this database will be made accessible via the Internet.

How to reach Trans Artists?

Trans Artists started in January 1998. This first year must be considered as a preparatory phase in which the centre will try to receive and provide as much relevant information as possible.

Address: Trans Artists, Information Centre for Visual Artists, Maria Tuerlings, Postbus 74173, 1070 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: +31 20 5711685; fax: +31 20 5711686; e-mail: transart@xs4all.nl

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The International Community Education Association (ICEA)

The International Community Education Association (ICEA) is an international, non-governmental organization which enjoys the consultative status with UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Its mission is to promote community education worldwide, as a process whereby individuals take responsibility in their communities and work together in the planning and implementation of programmes, services and facilities which will improve the quality of life and support personal, local, national and global development. ICEA promotes community education development through the European Regional Project Networks addressing specific issues, as well as by organizing national, regional and international seminars and conferences. As of September 1997, the ICEA Europe Region Newsletter provides information on the development of network projects and announces coming events.

For more information, please contact: ICEA Regional Office Europe, Prinzregentenstr. 2, 10717 Berlin, Germany, tel./fax: +49-30-2176471.

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The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

The Dutch government has set up an International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) to assist developing countries to keep abreast of developments in information and communication technologies.

Contact: International Institute for Communication and Development, PO Box 11586, NL-2502 AN The Hague, Netherlands, tel.: +31 70 349 6155; fax: +31 70 349 6273; e-mail: information@iicd.org

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Centre d'Informació i Documentació Internacionals a Barcelona (CIDOB)

The Centre d'Informació i Documentació Internacionals a Barcelona (CIDOB) is a research, training and documentation centre for international relations and development studies. It was registered in 1973 as a non-profit association, and was transformed into a private foundation with a Board consisting of several institutions and individuals in 1979. That same year, Fundació CIDOB became the University Institute on International Studies (IUEI). The users of CIDOB are national and international public institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), export, financial and publishing companies, the media, experts and professionals, university students, and individuals interested in international issues. The main geographical areas and topics of interest are international politics and strategic studies, development and cooperation, intercultural relations, population and development migrations. The Foundation's activities include research (projects and reports), basic, specialized and postgraduate courses leading to an M.A. in International Studies, M.A. in Development Studies, and Diploma in Development Studies, seminars and conferences, and the Intercultural Communication Forum.

Courses

Basic courses are concerned with international cooperation, Mediterranean geographical and historical data, cultural diversity, civilizations, religions, tourism as a source of intercultural exchange, conflicts arising from nationalism and religion after the Cold War, the geography of Islam, territorial conflicts in the Middle East, in the former USSR Asian republics, conflicts between culture and sovereignty, and more. Specialized courses cover topics from the fields of international politics, development and cooperation, migrations and cultural diversity.

  • Diploma and Master Degree in Development Studies
    The Diploma and Master Degree in Development Studies are postgraduate degrees from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona - http://www.uab.es/), dealing with international economy, EU and OECD cooperation, non governmental cooperation, Spanish cooperation, programme and project management, education for development, development, population and environment.
  • Master Degree in International Studies
    The Master Degree in International Studies is a two-year postgraduate programme offered by the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, covering the contemporary international system, international economy, contemporary history, foreign policy, international organizations, international public law, government, Spanish defence and foreign policy, common foreign and security policy, institutions, and EU external relations.

Research

The CIDOB Foundation runs ongoing research projects on topics dealing with Spain's foreign policy and international cooperation and the European Union vis-à-vis their geographic areas of priority. Research topics cover the following issues:

  • Migrations - observing migratory flows and dealing with migratory policies;
  • Latin America - covering the internal processes of economic restructuring, commercial relations, investments, cooperation treaties, processes of regional integration, and political relations, with special emphasis on processes of pacification and democratization;
  • Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union - participating in the Task Force group on the former Soviet Union in the Institute of Security Studies of the Western European Union (WEU), as well as in the research group on the role of political parties in the process of change in Central Europe and Russia;
  • The Mediterranean and the Arab World - investigating conflicts in the Mediterranean, Jerusalem as an agreed point of departure, and association dynamics and community configuration of Muslims in Barcelona;
  • Cooperation and Development - consultancy on topics of North-South relations, international cooperation for development, ODA, strategies for development, and management and monitoring of projects.

Seminars organized by the CIDOB Foundation include the Workshop on Identity Dynamics held on 13-14 November 1997; European Security: Dialogues for the 21st Century, held on 22-23 May 1997; Stability and Conflicts in the Mediterranean, held on 9-10 May 1997 (published in Afers Internacionals no. 37); and Les espaces de l'interculturalité held in November 1996 (published in Afers Internacionals no. 36).

Services

The services offered by CIDOB include an Information and Documentation Centre, specialized databases, hot-line services, specialized bulletins, the International Library in Barcelona (BIBA), consultancies, and identification, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

  • The Documentation Centre
    The Documentation Centre of the CIDOB Foundation processes information, compiles and manages databases, writes data annexes on CIDOB's publications, and gives the researchers the necessary support for their investigations both in the gathering and in the management of information. The Centre indexes more than 450 periodicals each year, with a thesaurus elaborated at CIDOB; it also manages the international press and grey literature archive and compiles and manages the specific databases of the Library.
  • The International Library in Barcelona (BIBA)
    The documentational holdings of the International Library in Barcelona include periodicals from around the world, books, an international press archive, reference books, and CD-ROMs.
  • Intercultural Communication Forum
    The Intercultural Communication Forum of the CIDOB Foundation aims at encouraging and supporting, on an interdisciplinary basis, the circulation of ideas and initiatives among different cultures coexisting in the world today, with special emphasis on the promotion of relations between both Mediterranean shores through a programme covering the following fields:
    • Information and documentation;
    • Establishment of a network, bringing together contact centres of the area's key countries, aiming to detect the latest publications and to set up a permanent Observatory to disseminate them through a bibliographical bulletin, the Foundation's periodicals, international networks such as the Internet, training courses, conferences and seminars, research, and publications.

Publications

The Foundation regularly publishes the following publications:

  • CIDOB International Yearbook - an annual publication directed to professionals, students and scholars interested in international relations. The content covers Spain's foreign relations, the new Europe, and international market developments.
  • Afers Internacionals - published quarterly and dedicated to the analysis of policy and international reality. The articles take up questions relevant to the international reality (principal problems, tendencies and prospects) from distinct points of view - political, economic, social - and with a focus that combines information and analysis.
  • dCIDOB - an illustrated magazine published every two months, reporting about International Relations and Cooperation and directed at a non- specialized audience.
  • Dossier - a series of monograph studies about distinct aspects of the international panorama. It strives to be a flexible collection which will follow and reflect today's changing international scene. Published in this series are writings of diverse thinkers and investigators from the Maghreb region, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the circulation of ideas between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
  • Bibliographic Bulletin ECI - a bibliographical bulletin, 3 issues/year. It lists a selection of the latest CIDOB acquisitions from the Maghreb area in the fields of culture, international policies and relations, economy, history, sociology, anthropology, education, migrations and urbanism.
  • Also, an interactive CD-ROM, 'The Mediterranean', was published on the occasion of the Euromediterranean Conference held in Barcelona. The CD-ROM informs about the Mediterranean, intending to give a general overview of the region and to gather together the basic aspects of its history, its geography and its cultures, along with aspects of North-South relations and the environment. The CD ROM is available in five languages: Spanish, Catalan, French, English and Arabic.

Address: Fundació CIDOB, Elisabets, 12 08001 Barcelona, Spain; tel.: +34/3/3026495; fax:+34/3/3022118; e-mail: cidob@cidob.es; http://www.cidob.es

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The Tyrone Gutherie Centre - A Workplace for Artists

The Tyrone Gutherie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, a member of the International Association of Residential Arts Centres (RES ARTIS - RES ARTIS has published an extensive Report on the Fifth Annual General Meeting, held at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 2-6 May 1997. The Report includes Raymond Weber's overview of Cultural Cooperation in Europe: The Role of Networks; see Dossier in this issue.), welcomes artists of all kinds and provenances to a unique working environment located among the forests and lakes of south Ulster. Artists may stay for anything from a week to three months, or even up to a year. A variety of workspaces are available, from the small ones for drawing and illustration work, to the large ones for sculpture and painting, as well as a music room for composers and musicians, a large rehearsal and performance space for theatre groups and musical ensembles, and an extensive library. Each individual artist is offered his or her own studio. For 1998, a photographic darkroom, a sculpture area and a print workshop are planned. Groups of artists, symposiums, master classes, workshops and other collaborations may be accommodated as well.

The Centre is open to practitioners of all art forms from the whole island of Ireland and from abroad. To qualify for residence, it is necessary to show evidence of a significant level of achievement in the relevant field. It is possible to apply by sending an up-to-date curriculum vitae, samples of recent work and an outline of the project to be undertaken at the Centre. Irish artists are supported through subsidies from the two Arts Councils in Ireland, while overseas artists are expected to pay the cost of their residence. 27 local authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are offering special bursary awards to artists born or domiciled in their areas, covering board and lodging expenses for a two-week period, plus the use of a studio if necessary.

The Tyrone Gutherie Centre publishes its Annaghmakerrig Gazebo, reviewing current artistic events, workshops, seminars, and special projects conducted at the Centre.

For more information, please contact: The Tyrone Gutherie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland, tel.: +353 (0)47 54003; fax: +353 (0)47 54380; e-mail: thetgc@indigo.ie

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New Music Network

New audiences for new music, increased and informed critical discussion, plus the need for new venues are just three of the priorities of the Australian New Music Network, which was formally launched in December 1997.

The New Music Network is a diverse network of 12 ensembles that includes a who's who of Australia's leading musicians, singers and sound artists. It aims to promote the work of the member groups, encourage a more critical discussion and exposure of new music in the media, target new audiences from outside the traditional concert-going public, offer benefits to individual members, and stimulate greater discussion of new music between groups and their audiences.

E-mail: harpo@dot.net.au or Virginia Gordon 02 9389 5515, e-mail: paris@next.com.au

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The Centre for Applied Research in Visual Arts Education (CARVAE)

The Centre for Applied Research in Visual Arts Education (CARVAE) is an inter-disciplinary centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, linking the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the School of Education and Professional Development, one of UK's leading centres of research in the development of professional education and training, offering a wide range of initial, in-service and research-based courses. As one of the School's centres of excellence, CARVAE promotes research and new approaches to practice in visual arts education.

Professional development and training through programmes and research supervision in the fields of education, professional development, art practice, world art and cultural studies is available for those engaged in visual arts education, professional activities in schools and higher education, or other institutions. Full-time and part-time studies are offered for the degrees of MEd, MPhil, or PhD by research. At the Postgraduate Level, Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or MA in Education are offered. A one-year, full-time international MA permits specialization in Visual Arts Education, as well as study of individual courses as an option within the core programme, including Understanding Visual Art, Visual Arts in Primary Education, and Curriculum Management and Leadership in Visual Arts Education.

Dissertations within the theme of Developing Educational Research and Visual Arts are encouraged, to enhance research capabilities while allowing students to focus on topics of their choice.

For more information, please contact: The School Clerk, School of Education and Professional Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0)1603 592856; fax:+44 (0)1603 593446; e-mail: deb.green@uea.ac.uk; http://www.uea.ac.uk/edu/eduindex.html

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Information Network - Angonet

Angonet was established in 1994 as an information and e-mail network for Angolan NGOs and their partners.

The idea for this computer communication service came from the Development Workshop and was aimed at organisations working in the social and economic development field in Angola.

The purpose of Angonet is to encourage NGOs and development organisations working in Angola and in southern Africa to work through networks and exchange information.

Contact: Haymee Perez Cogle, Development Workshop, Rua Rey Katyavala 113, PO Box 3360, Luanda, Angola, tel.: (244) 2 39 61 07 / 34 83 71; fax: (244) 2 34 94 94; e-mail: sysop@angonet.gn.apc.org

(Source: The Interdependent, no. 61/97)

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Association Peuples Culture - Développement (APCD)

The Association Peuples Culture - Développement (APCD) is an NGO concerned with cultural action and assistance in rural self-promotion. Through the cultural values of peoples, the APCD offers dynamic development with the aim to ameliorate cultural, economic and socio-sanitary conditions for village communities. The objectives of the APCD are as follows:

  • to promote an international solidarity network transcending cultural barriers;
  • to create a social space for meeting and exchange for development actors;
  • to promote the coexistance of tradition and modernity in village life.

The Association's programme of action includes integrated rural tourism, rural cultural centres (youth animation, communication, traditional culture, professional training), and development support at the grass-roots level (environment, agriculture, community health issues).

For further information, please contact: Association Peuples Culture - Développement (APCD), B.P. 53, Sotouboua, Togo; tel.: (228) 53-00-93.