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Meeting Points

Off Stream collaborated with ten museums in four cities of Greece promoting the equal inclusion of people with disabilities in the experience of Art.

On a white background is written in yellow letters: Meeting Points 4 cities 10 museums 10 works of art October-December 2023

From 12 of October till 7 of December 2023, ten collaborating museums in Greece became “meeting points“, where we gathered around a selected artwork to discover its characteristics, get to know the history of its creator and collectively compose its creative audio description, through a participatory process.

Each of the 75-minute long public events were addressed equally to adults with and without disabilities. All events were conducted in Greek language providing interpretation in Greek Sign Language and tactile aids.

In the space of EMST, next to the artwork of Yiannis Kounellis, the audience of the Meeting Point 03 is gathered. The room is all white with a very high ceiling and the artwork is an installation that occupies a large part of the room. The audience is seated in a semi-circle near the artwork and observes it.

The creative audio descriptions resulting from the Meeting Points participatory events formed the basis for the collection of inclusive postcards, curated by Off Stream and designed by artist Hichem Merouche, copies of which will be available in the gift-shops of the participating museums.

These fully inclusive postcards offer much more than a visual arts “panorama” to representative artworks from Greek museums, providing the participating museums with resources to expand the accessibility of their collections.

 

A woman with black hair and a black blouse stands in front of the artwork hanging on the wall and observes it carefully.

The collaborating museums were:

MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art
MOMus-Museum Alex Mylona
ΕΜΣΤ | National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Museum of Cycladic Art
MOMus-Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Contemporary Art ‘Constantin Xenakis’
Teloglion Foundation of Arts A.U.Th.
B&E Goulandris Foundation
MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and
Municipal Gallery of Larissa – G. I. Katsigras Museum

Stela Anastasaki is standing in front of the artwork "Stairs" by Achilleas Apergis, talking to the audience of the Meeting Points public event that are sitting on chairs around the artwork.

Meeting Points is a project by Off Stream implemented in collaboration with 10 Greek museums under the auspices and with the financial support of the Greek Ministry of Culture.


The events at the B&E Goulandris Foundation and the Contemporary Art Museum ‘Constantin Xenakis’ were implemented with a donation from the Ioannis S. Latsis Foundation within the framework of the “Points of Support” program co-financed by 10 charitable organizations.

 

On a yellow background is written with large black fonts: Meeting Points October-December 2023. In the bottom part of the image are two rows of the project's partners and collaborators logos.

Project Design, Management & Implementation:
Off Stream
GSL Interpretation: Spiros Kouzelis
Visual Identity: Dimitris Lelakis, Mariza Tsakona
Design of Postcards Collection: Hichem Merouche
Translation, Narration: Paraskevi Koutsaidi
Audio Recordings: NRG Productions
Web development: Designerd
Press Office: Despina Polychronidou
Supporters: Ministry of Culture, “Points of Support” Program (Ioannis S. Latsis Foundation, TIMA Foundation, Bodosaki Foundation, Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulou Foundation, A. G. Leventis Foundation, Athanasios K. Laskaridis Foundation, Costas M. Lemos Foundation, Public Beneficiaries Foundation for Social and Cultural Work KIKPE, Hellenic Initiative Canada, Athena I. Martinou Foundation)
Sponsor: Ophthalmica – Ophthalmology and Microsurgery Institute

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