Continuous Conferences and Seminars Project "My Territory: Feminine Creative Space"

Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts
International Association of Art Critics
Key objectives of the measure:

The objective of the project is to fill the gaps in the old classical art history by adding the biographies of female artists, and the research findings on their creative work.  

2.   To present the creative work of the less known female artists to the audience, to deepen the understanding of their creation by demonstrating to the general society the approach of art criticism to their creation from various angles.

3.   To rebuild the balance of the analysis of male and female creative input to Lithuanian art history.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

Since 2010, Vilnius Academy of Arts and the Lithuanian Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) annually organises a conference-workshop for art critics and representatives of other humanistic spheres as well as wider audiences – those who search for a wider exposure of the feminine representation, the discovery of the feminine identity by revealing women’s input in our society nowadays. The project also aims at uncovering the influence of female artists on artistic development, which has been insufficiently attended to today and in the past. Such revelations of accents, a higher attention to women’s creative work may contribute to the enrichment of the Lithuanian art history by exposing a comprehensive and thorough approach to its creators. Various Lithuanian institutions take part in the project: Vilnius Academy of Arts, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art in Kaunas, the Lithuanian Art Museum, the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Institute of Art Research, the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, the Society of Psychoanalysis, the Lithuanian Institute of History, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Centre for Equal Opportunities, Vilnius University, the Centre for Gender Studies of Vilnius University, the Lithuanian Association of Art Historians, the Section of Art Criticism of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, the Lithuanian Section of the International Association of Art Critics and others. The event is broadcasted on the Lithuanian National Radio, on a specialised broadcast Radijas Klasika. After the conferences in 2011 and 2013, two collections of scientific articles: “The Female Self in Art” and “Female Identity and Art” were compiled and published in the academic articles series of Vilnius University entitled “Acta-academiae-artium-vilnensis”.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

A balance between the female and male approaches to art history, art criticism and art studies

Wider possibilities for female creators to present their creative work

Two collections of scientific articles published

Six scientific conferences-workshops organised.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

For a few years, a moderate financing has been received from the Lithuanian Council for Culture. Allocation of 2 000 EUR.

In general the event is organised thanks to the partnerships with various cultural organisations.

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