BAR project is a curatorial initiative in movement promoting trans-disciplinary dialogue, hospitality, collaboration, and exchange among art and society. BAR project is deeply inspired, taking its name and modus operandi, from the bar, a popular and transcultural meeting place in the countries of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, as a space of knowledge production thanks to the social relations and informal conversations it generates.
BAR project develops a roaming public program in the city of Barcelona understood as an experimental public space and commonplace for action and exhibition of durational events – such as performance, conversation, and other artistic gestures, that question current political, social, and economic subjects. These goals are achieved through residencies and pedagogical formats which results are the fruit of dialogue and exchange between local, national and international agents and the socio-cultural fabric of the city.
BAR project has hosted more than 150 cultural workers, both independent and institutional, from all continents. It has collaborated with multiple spaces, projects, local and international institutions (Barcelona city council, MACBA, La Virreina Centro de la Imagen, Tapies Foundation, Bodega Armando, angels gallery, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Palais de Tokyo, SOMA Mexico, Stroom, Gwangju Biennale, etc). It has been a resident project at Fabra i Coats (2013-2020) and at Fundación Antoni Tàpies (2016-2020). In November 2023, BAR project signed a collaboration agreement with BAU, University Centre of Arts and Design, thanks to which for the next three years he will be in charge of HAUS, Espacio de arte y prácticas contemporáneas. This new exhibition space will allow, together with BAU, to continue promoting transnational dialogue between the local and international art scene in the Poblenou neighbourhood.
Over the years, BAR project has received financial and in-kind support from sponsors, foundations, individuals, entreprises, institutions and local and national subsidies, such as: Esteban Bernatas, Zumzeig cinema, Fundación Almayuda, ICUB Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya OSIC, Absolut Vodka, ACE Acción Cultural Española, Ministerio de Cultura de España, Institut Ramon Llull, Fundación Banco Santander (Emplea Cultura Grant), Hangar, Fabra i Coats, Fundación Antoni Tàpies, La Virreina Centro de la Imagen, Tiro al Blanco gallery, among others.
Thanks to them, together with paid educational programmes, it has been possible to finance the activities and the work of the project’s agents, organisers and collaborators. Luciana Della Villa, Alessa Alcantara, Marina Martínez Verges, Alba Vilamala, Helena Pérez, Amaryllis Zachariadou, Silvia Sorini, Sara Agudo Millan, Gloria Fernández Macías have been collaborators of BAR project. If you want to collaborate or support the project and the community of professionals that builds up its programme you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
BAR project arises in 2013 as a mobile and non-profit organisation founded and directed by Andrea Rodríguez Novoa, Veronica Valentini and Juan Canela (until 2021).
Drinking while walking while hosting while thinking while making together.
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