Born in Italy, Luisa Spina has an eclectic professional development that encompasses a strong focus on visual art, performance, participatory processes and education. She is a fellow At the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (https://www.thersa.org) whose aim is to enrich society through ideas and action. 

She is also an active member of the pilot programme of the Social Sculpture Academy in Germany. The Academy has strong affinities with Joseph Beuys’s Free International University, and with the wider stream of experiments in emancipatory education that connect self and world. Concerned with the transformative role of imagination in enabling connective thinking and connective practice, the Social Sculpture Academy’s ‘creative, participatory enquiries’ are informed by Joseph Beuys’ ‘social sculpture’ proposals, Paolo Freire’s ‘education for democracy’ pedagogies and the phenomenological insights of Goethe and imagination-based psychologists like James Hillman. They also benefit from Shelley Sacks’ many years of practice as an interdisciplinary artist-teacher-researcher-writer-activist, who not only worked intensively with Joseph Beuys, and in the context of Europe, but has developed and extended the contemporary field of social sculpture into many different regions and political-cultural contexts. (https://universityofthetrees.org/news/2019/social-sculpture-academy)


EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2015, Masters in Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

The course offers a special focus on social sculpture and ecological citizenship. Linking artists, activists, projects, members of the public and researchers from various practices, it creates opportunities for dialogue processes, trans-disciplinary research and connective practices that contribute to creative transformation, social and ecological justice and the shaping of a humane and non-exploitative world.  

(http://www.social-sculpture.org)

2014, CPD Certificate in Emotional Learning Cards, INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, UK

Emotional Learning Cards occupy a leading position in the growing fields of emotional learning and psychological therapies. The cards support ‘meaning-making’ and explore subjects by branching into discussion relating to difference, diversity, and outsider / insider experiences, and how past histories (both personal and collective) shape the present. 

2014, The Art of Change-Making (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Level 9 Irish National Qualifications, Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland, UK

In 2014 a group of 42 people from around the world came together for a ten-day course in the Art of Change making at Knowmads in Amsterdam. This eclectic group worked with the topic of change on individual and systemic levels and partially co-created the programme, together forming a growing community of international change makers working in different fields of change around the world.

(http://theartofchangemaking.com) 

2012, Philosophy for Children level 1 for artists, Gallions Primary School, London, UK 

In P4C the teacher facilitates a student-led discussion on a philosophical question stimulated by a thought-provoking stimulus such as a text, image, picture book, or video clip. P4C builds higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. 

2011, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK

2008, Foundation in Art and Design, London Metropolitan University, London, UK


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS and EVENTS, 2011-2020

Social Sculpture Lab, Documenta Archive, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany

Fa Li, performance by The Gray Voice Ensamble, directed by Elisabeth Wood, Berlin, Germany

Dance Party (the apocalypse is disappointing) by | Grace Euna Kim, performance, Berlin, Germany

Manifesta 12 Education Club, Social change through culture, How Can Social Practice Change Cultural Initiatives? Palermo, Italy

Conversations from the Shore, solo exhibition, The Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Ustka, Poland

Weaving Time, Yearning Stories, solo exhibition, The Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE, Aizpute, Latvia

Boa Saída, open studio, De Liceiras 18 Temporary Art Community, Porto, Portugal

Mycelium, group exhibition, De Liceiras 18 Temporary Art Community, Porto, Portugal

Spark Festival 2016, London, UK (http://www.thesparkspace.org)

Small Gatherings for Big Thoughts, solo exhibition, The Centre for Better Health, London, UK

Festival of Human Organising, London, UK 

Antiuniversity Now! Festival, London, UK 

Connect & Create, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath, UK 

Blind Plural, Hundred Years Gallery, London 2015

Social Sculpture Festival 2015, Fusion Arts, Oxford, UK 

Outburst Festival, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, UK

Videovada, Ovada, Oxford, UK

The Shag 24, Gallery 223, London, UK

Applecart, The Old School Room, London, UK

Roots and Leaves, Galerie im Erd und Feuer, Berlin, Germany

Last one to Leave Turn out the Lights, pop up gallery, Deptford, London, UK

Petar Petrović-Njegoš Symposium, curated by Ana Milovanović, Hundred Years Gallery, London, UK 

A Field of Character, Deptford X Festival, London, UK 

Loopart13 Group Exhibition, pop up gallery, Deptford, London, UK

Pop up Povera, Museum of Contemporary Art, London, UK

9 ‘till 5, Leroy House, London, UK


RESIDENCIES 2012-2020

Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Centre for Creative Activities, Ustka, Poland

The Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE, Aizpute, Latvia

De Liceiras 18 Temporary Art Community, Porto, Portugal

Sunshine International Arts, London, UK, (http://www.sunshineiarts.co.uk)

Fusion Arts, Oxford, UK, (http://www.fusion-arts.org)

The Art of Change Making, Knowmads, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (http://www.knowmads.nl)

Loopart13 winter residency, Deptford, London, UK

Loopart13 summer residency in conjunction with Deptford X Festival, London, UK

Making Space, a series of mini-residencies in disused spaces in Guildford Road, London, UK


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