LUISA SPINA 

www.luisaspina.com

[email protected]

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2015, Masters in Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford,(http://www.social-sculpture.org)

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. Informed by an expanded conception of art, Social Sculpture is both within and beyond the sphere of art.Alongside exploring strategies of engagement, and the relationship between imagination and transformation, it makes special reference to the proposals, projects and legacy of Joseph Beuys.

2014, CPD Certificate in Emotional Learning Cards, INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), London,(http://www.iniva.org/learning/emotional-learning-cards/)

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. Using art as a starting point, the cards help facilitators and educators open up difficult conversations on challenging feelings, and complex family or cultural experiences.

2014, The Art of Change-Making(Amsterdam, Netherlands), Level 9 IrishNational Qualifications, Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland, UK, (http://theartofchangemaking.com)

In April 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 makersworking in different fields of change around the world.

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

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. It creates respect for others, promotes engagement with learning and enhances educational development.The course helps artists develop their skills in engaging children in real pieces of artwork and look at using philosophical questioning and techniques to deepen children’s understanding and enjoyment of art. 

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

2008, Foundation in Art and Design,London Metropolitan University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND FESTIVALS

2011 - 2017

  • 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 (https://www.facebook.com/Small-Gatherings-for-Big-Thoughts-1804954713070607/)
  • Festival of Human Organising, London, UK (http://festival.humanorganising.org)
  • Antiuniversity Now! Festival, London, UK (http://www.antiuniversity.org)
  • Connect & Create, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath, UK(http://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/connectcreate/)
  • Blind Plural, Hundred Years Gallery, London 2015
  • Social Sculpture Festival 2015, Fusion Arts, Oxford, UK (http://fusionovada- fusion.tumblr.com)
  • 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 (http://www.deptfordx.org)
  • 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 -2017 

  • Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art,Centre for Creative Activities, Ustka, Polando   
  • The Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE,Aizpute, Latvia
  • De Liceiras 18 Temporary Art Community, Porto, Portugalo  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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