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Culture+Conflict is an associate partner on a major four-year programme of work under the title 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. We are seeking to understand how training and education in art and culture can constitute powerful resources to address the issue of conflict, as well as to envision creative ways in which to deal with conflictual phenomena, while contributing to audience development through active participation and co-production. This is a European Cooperation Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

We are delighted to announce the first 4Cs UK activity. Following an extensive selection process, advised by international curators, Palestinian artist NOOR ABUARAFEH has been invited to come from Jerusalem to London for three months this summer. This is a partnership between the Royal College of Art, and Delfina Foundation where Noor will be based from 25 June to late September 2018.

The residency provides an opportunity for an artist who is interested in connecting with people in the context of cultural intolerance and those who feel marginalised. The aim is to facilitate a close interaction with communities and audiences who are not usually engaged with the existing cultural offer and do not have a voice in it. Noor works primarily with video, performance, and text. Her videos and socially engaged artworks are based on interviews, workshops and other shared activities. She questions how history is constructed, shaped, visualised, perceived, and understood – how all these elements are related to fact and fiction, and the possibility of imagining the past when there are gaps in documentation.

Noor Abuarafeh, from Observational Desire on Memory that Remains (still from film), 2014, © Noor Abuarafeh

Among other exhibitions, Noor Abuarafeh has participated in Homeworks, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Sharjah Biennale13 2017; OFF-Biennale Budapest (the largest independent arts initiative in Hungary), 2017; Qalandia International, Jerusalem, 2016; and Suspended Accounts at the Mosaic Rooms, London, 2016. She has a Masters degree from ECAV, and a BA from Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 2016 Abuarafeh received the Emerging Voices Award, New York, and second prize in the Qattan Foundation’s Young Palestinian Artist Award.

We plan to involve students in related events and activities.

Please let us know if you are interested by contacting Michaela Crimmin

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the UK partner organisation on the 4Cs programme. The world’s leading university for Art & Design (2017 QS World University Ranking) with 1,000 professionals interacting with 1,500 Masters and doctoral students.

Delfina Foundation promotes artistic exchange and experimentation, creating opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to position their practice within global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues.