Dolna Banya and Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2015

 

Peacepainting i Bulgaria

Det er satt i gang et prosjekt i samarbeid med et barnehjem for rombarn og en stiftelse i Bulgaria som heter «Avocado». Det skal lages et fond for høyere utdanning til barna. Etter fylte 18 år, er de ikke lenger under beskyttelse av regjeringen i landet og de må flytte fra barnehjemmet. De fleste ender opp i elendighet med tigging, stjeling, narkotika og prostitusjon. Det som måtte være av trygghet og selvtillit etter årene på barnehjemmet, får etter hvert liten eller ingen næring …

Målet med fondet er å gjøre det tilgjengelig for en utdanning innen kunst – ikke bare maling men også musikk og andre kunststudier. Å finne en vei i livet gjennom kunst, er i samsvar med forståelse. Fordi det gir oss kontakt med følelsene, og ekte forståelse er avhengig av denne kontakten. Mekanismene i hjernen ser ut til å være konstruert slik. Kunst vil da bli et godt virkemiddel for å kunne ta i bruk mulighetene til et helhetlig liv hvor egenomsorg og empati er likestilt, eller sagt på en annen måte: to sider av samme sak.
Kunstnere fra Nordland var med på den første hendelsen. Espen Tversland fra Brønnøysund, Anne-Britt Ravnå fra Mosjøen, Lill-Anita O. Svendsen fra Leknes, Bård Vatnan fra Korgen, Randi Størseth fra Trondheim, i tillegg til Catrine Gangstø og to barn fra Bindal – i alt 8 stk.

Dette ble finansiert gjennom EØS-midler og administrert av stiftelsen «Avocado». Den er forholdsvis nystartet og drives av unge mennesker som er ansatt i gass-industrien, men som føler en gnagende uro over den stadig økende forskjell i levestandard for ulike grupper. Dette er en tendens vi har lagt merke til i mange land – stadig flere unge mennesker ønsker å jobbe i bedrifter som tar et betydelig samfunnsansvar, eller de har handlekraft til å starte egne foretak ved siden av den godt betalte jobben slik som er eksempel med «Avocado»

Vi hadde en uforglemmelig uke i Dolna Banya med ekte, originale og ikke minst uventede ingredienser hvor masse humor og masse alvor fikk plass.! Vi er svært glade for at Peacepainting kunne være med å utløse offentlige midler til dette meget interessante tiltaket.

Vi ønsker «Avocado» lykke til!

 

Peacepainting held workshops for Romani children in Bulgaria in cooperation with the non-profit foundation AVOCADO. The foundation AVOCADO is a non-profit NGO based in Sofia, Bulgaria and aims to develop society by enhancing local communities.

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The project “Inclusion of vulnerable groups through the integration of young people in the arts” was implemented with financial support from the EU program for NGO BULGARIA, and was realized on the 24th -29th of March 2015. More information about the program can be found here: www.eeagrants.org and www.ngogrants.bg

Upon completion of the project, where 8 guests from Norway and 8 representatives from Bulgaria participated, a painting workshop was conducted with children from the orphanage “Home for Children Without Parents K. Liapcheva” in Dolna Banya.

The project was aimed to provide awareness of social problems and offer development opportunities for youth. Vulnerable children were also given the opportunity to develop their potential and gain new horizons for development through the integration of art.

Avinor, July 2013

 

Peacepainting exhibition at Bodø airport

Avinor wrote the following in a press release in July 2013:

On Wednesday 17 July Bodø airport’s Peacepainting exhibition begins. The exhibition consists of 6 pictures from different nations and is found by Narvesen in the departure hall. The pictures can be seen by children and adults until next summer.

Peacepainting is an independent organisation with its origins in Bindal. The organisation arranges painting workshops for children and youth – such that they can express their thoughts about peace and friendship through a language without speech.

The painting workshops are held both nationally and internationally. Each participant comes forward with their own title and possibly some text about the picture. The message is imparted using a text sign which follows the picture at exhibitions. The most important thing is what the child wishes to impart and the aim is that children’s feelings shall be taken seriously.

– “When we concentrate on listening to and seeing what the children impart, it is certainly easier to remember how it is to be little. It is also easier to make decisions that promote life and variety – both when it applies to near and far relations,” says Catrine Gangstø in Peacepainting.

The pictures are exhibited both nationally and internationally. Today you can see Peacepainting exhibitions in the following Avinor airports:

· Kirkenes airport, Høybuktmoen
· Brønnøysund airport, Brønnøy
· Bodø airport.

After this, exhibitions have also arrived at these locations:
Mosjøen, Namsos, Rørvik, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen and at the helicopter terminal in Brønnøysund.

Workshop in Hemnes, March 2014

 

In March there was a painting workshop at Bjerka School in Hemnes. Read more here

Workshop in Dønna, May 2014

 

In May 2014 Peacepainting was in Dønna and arranged a painting workshop for Dønna volunteer bureau. Read more here.

Peterson Packaging sponsor a project together with Peacepainting, August 2014

 

Peterson Packaging sponsor a project together with Peacepainting, August 2014.

Children over the whole world got the chance to express their feelings with colour with the organisation Peacepainting. Peacepainting organises intuitive painting workshops for children and youth – such that they can express themselves through a language without speech. Peterson Packaging in Ranheim supports the project by contributing strong boards which the children paint on. As thanks for our contribution we were presented with a painting by managing director Catrine Gangstø.

Renewed support from Nordland County Municipality, November 2014

 

Press release from Nordland County Municipality:
Nordland County Municipality has granted 300,000 kroner to the foundation Peacepainting in Bindal for further development of their international commitment within art and peacekeeping for children and youth. County executive for industry, Arve Knutsen, says that a considerable amount of work has been done with the development of Peacepainting, and this stands as a unique idea with a global perspective.

Catrine Gangstø is managing director of the foundation. She had the idea that painting can be used as therapy for children and youth. Contact has been established with a number of countries. As part of the business model, pictures are presented that the children have made, via exhibitions in public places.

The county executive says that so far the work has shown that applicants have received a response which can be grounds for them to take it a step further. This can be a basis to establish and develop a physical centre for the work which can offer courses and accommodation.

– “The gain for Bindal lies in that a whole new business is established in the municipality with some competence-based internationally-looking workplaces. A competence-based business in Bindal can in this area also obtain a grant from internationally-looking programmes,” says Arve Knutsen.

Peacepainting is introduced as a means and concept for relief work of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Red Cross and United Nations in terms of international assignments which demand psychosocial efforts.

“The foundation will use the funds to work to secure permanent operation of the organisation, such that it can continue to work with different projects,” says Catrine Gangstø.

France, October 2014

 

The leadership in the cathedral in Rouen wished for a Peacepainting exhibition in connection with the celebration of Olaf’s baptism in 1014. Olaf the Holy was indeed baptised here 1000 years ago. The event and the training he received in France now strongly influence Norway.

In the middle of October there were church services, concerts, talks and other markings of the anniversary in Rouen, with many Norwegian participants. Catrine Gangstø and Randi Størseth were there to arrange the exhibition and document the associated work.

At this marking, with this exhibition Peacepainting participates in promoting the idea of peace, and it focuses at the same time on the wish for peaceful coexistence across cultures in today’s picture of the world.

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The exhibition shall hang in the cathedral the rest of the year and will create activities around the theme.
Photographer Randi Størseth from Trondheim is making a presentation film.

 

EEA project with Poland

 

The library in the Polish town Proszowice near Krakow has received 1.1 million kroner in support from EEA funds and has started a cooperation with Peacepainting. The project shall run for 2 years. Read about the project at the Arts Council Norway website here.

The first phase of the cooperation began in April 2014, when a group of 12 people from Bindal visited Proszowice and Krakow. Seven students from the three comprehensive schools in Bindal participated in workshops in Proszowice together with 80 Polish young people.

At the end of May 2014 a large delegation of 50 Poles came to Norway. They visited Bindal and Brønnøy. Thirty-five young people and 15 tour guides were accommodated privately. They joined in in hiking to the mountain, Mulingen, in Bindal, and visited Brønnøysund Upper Secondary School and the mountain, Torghatten. They joined in in a painting workshop and met Norwegian young people at a disco.

The project continues in September 2014, when approximately 20 young people from Bindal and Herøy travel to Poland. Report from project travel in Poland September 2014. Read also in Herøyfjerdingen.

A number of Polish young people and artists are coming back to South Helgeland in spring 2015.

Link to website for the project in Poland.

Link to a video of the project in Poland.

Polsk versjon:

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Biblioteka w mieście Proszowice w pobliżu Krakowa, otrzymała 1,1 milionów koron wsparcia z funduszu UE, i rozpoczęła współprace z Peacepainting. Współpraca będzie trwała dwa lata.

Pierwsza część współpracy odbyła się w kwietniu 2014, wtedy dwunasto-osobowa grupa odwiedziła Proszowice i Kraków. Siedmiu uczniów z trzech szkół z gminy Bindal brało udział w różnych warsztatach w Proszowicach, razem z osiemdziesięcioma polskimi uczniami.

Pod koniec maja 2014, do Norwegii przyjechała delegacja pięćdziesięciu Polaków. Odwiedzili gminy Bindal i Brønnøy. 35 uczniów i 15 dorosłych  mieszkali prywatnie u rodzin w Bindal. Goście z Polski wzięli udział w wycieczce na górę Mulingen, odwiedzili liceum w Brønnøysund i górę Torghatten. Później spotkali się z młodzieżą z Norwegii na dyskotece.

Dalsza część projektu będzie kontynuowana we wrześniu 2014. Wtedy do Polski pojedzie około 20 uczniów z gmin Bindal i Herøy. Wiosną 2015 z Polski do Norwegii ponownie przyjadą mlodziez i artysci.

 

 

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Presentation of Peacepainting

 

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