Baltic Home in Oslo. Active Creative Project - Day 3

We concluded our visit to Oslo by attending the opening of the Baltic Home exhibition, organised by the Media Dizajn Association and International Development Norway, which took place on Friday evening, 12 January at Tenthaus. In the intimate spaces of the Tenthaus Art Collective, representatives of cultural institutions, diplomatic missions and private individuals, interested in learning more about our local applied art, gathered. Our guests from the "Światowid" European Meeting Centre in Elbląg, the EL Gallery Art Centre and Dzierzgoń Cultural Centre also had the opportunity to make interesting contacts from the Norwegian cultural sector, which we are very pleased about.

The exhibition will be hosted in Oslo until 19 January this year.

The exhibition is part of the Active Creative project to stimulate the spirit of cultural and creative entrepreneurship. The initiative, co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the EEA Funds under the 'Active Citizens - Regional Fund' programme, aims to strengthen business, cultural and entrepreneurial competences among representatives of the creative sector from both Poland and Norway.

Study visit to Oslo as part of the Active Creative project - day 2 - workshops

The second day of the study visit with Active Creative, on 11 January this year, was marked by training and workshops. We participated in a training session related to new technologies and augmented reality, aimed at professional development and providing insights into emerging trends and innovative practices in the creative industries. During the meeting, we learned the basics of working with VR and how it can be used to, for example, create innovative and effective promotional strategies. We also had the opportunity to learn about the whole range of the latest digital technologies and media platforms available in the field of arts and culture, bringing about a revolution in the above sector. We then moved on to further topics, related to the broader architecture of cultural facilities. We talked about inconveniences and facilities for people with all kinds of limitations, from physical disabilities to hyper-reactivity to sound, for example, in relation to the two venues we visited on the first day.

The VR workshop programme covered the following topics:

Introduction to augmented reality (XR): transmedia and hybrid media; history and development of XR; types of XR; core XR technologies and platforms. Pitching and promoting with XR: analysing XR use cases in product promotion, combining XR with other media to create a cohesive narrative, integrating XR with traditional and digital marketing channels. XR experience design: principles of designing effective and engaging XR experiences, integrating AI with XR for personalised experiences, photogrammetry in XR content creation, tools and software for XR content creation, practical exercises based on selected XR applications. Case studies: presentation of successful XR projects, examples of successful implementations using game technology, analysis of strategies and effects of their application. The future of XR in promotion and culture: future trends and developments in XR technology, holographic screens, game engines as versatile creative platforms, opportunities to integrate XR with other technologies such as AI and IoT.

Tomorrow we will again be training on the topic of virtual reality, focusing on shared virtual reality. Tomorrow evening also sees another major event, the opening of the Baltic Home exhibition, which was on show at the EL Gallery Art Centre in September, this time in Oslo.

Study visit to Oslo within the Active Creative project - day 1

We are in the midst of a study visit to Oslo, Norway, organised as part of the project AkTYwny KreaTYwny - stimulating the spirit of cultural and creative entrepreneurship by partner International Development Norway.

For the trip, we invited representatives of cultural units from the EL Gallery Art Centre, the "Światowid" European Meeting Centre in Elbląg and the Dzierzgoński Cultural Centre. On the first day, we visited the Munch Museum Business Development, where we met with a representative of the museum's management, who presented the museum's model of prosperity, both in terms of content and finance, which allowed us to understand the policies and models that enable the cultivation of a thriving creative and cultural sector in Norway. We also had the opportunity to visit an exhibition displaying the art of Edvard Munch at the Munchmuseet. A large part of the museum's artefacts are more than 1,000 paintings, 4,500 drawings and 18,000 prints, several sculptures, as well as photographs and personal memorabilia that the artist bequeathed to the city of Oslo. And among them, of course, is a collection of different versions of 'The Scream', created using various techniques. In addition to 'The Scream', the collections 'Madonna', 'Vampire' or 'Sick Child' are available to admire, as well as lesser-known works by the artist, including sculptures and photographs.

One floor of the 13-storey building also housed the Francisco de Goya exhibition, where the works on display allowed visitors to immerse themselves in the artist's modern visions. The entire surface area of the Munch Museum building is 26,000 square metres, of which 4,500 are dedicated to permanent exhibitions. The exhibition spaces occupy eight floors, with the top floors offering beautiful views of the fjord and unusual sunsets. The managers of Munchmuseet estimate that at least half a million visitors come to the institution every year.

In the second part of the first day, we moved on to Scandinavia's largest art museum, the Nasjonalmuseet, where we admired the display of both Norwegian and international collections of art, architecture and design. The Nasjonalmuseet also has its own hall in the National Museum, featuring Edward Munch. Overall, the modern 13,000-square-metre building actually houses three institutions, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. More than 6,500 exhibits can be admired in the numerous halls, and the collections in their timeframes start from antiquity to the present day.

Active Creative Project - photography workshop

The next training session of the Active Creative project is behind us. Last Saturday, a photography workshop was held, during which the participants were introduced to the knowledge of the most important photographic parameters for the creation of conscious photographs and learned about the practical side of the art of photography. The students also had the opportunity to listen to practical tips from the workshop leader, photographer Jolanta Olszewska, on what to pay attention to in order to take the optimum frame in difficult conditions and uninteresting surroundings. There was also an opportunity to take original photographs with the newly acquired knowledge under the guidance of the workshop leader, and to ask questions while doing so.

The four-hour workshop was full of valuable factual and practical tips, from which both the participants, for whom the adventure with photography is just beginning, and those who have already been successfully practising their passion for some time, learned. The meeting ended with the distribution of certificates.

Active Creative - Photography workshop

We would like to invite everyone interested to a free photography workshop, which will be held this Saturday from 12.00 to 16.00 at the Old Town Hall. The workshop is dedicated both to beginners, who want to learn the basics of framing and choosing the right composition, and photography enthusiasts, who are looking for new solutions and a fresh look at the practical dimension in their approach to creating photographs. Participants will gain a basic knowledge of how to consciously compose frames and take interesting photos in uninteresting conditions, whether they are using a smartphone or a DSLR or any other medium for capturing images.

Places are limited - applications are expected by calling 515 871 992 or via email: jola.olszewska@eurobalt.org.pl

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Workshop programme:

  1. brief introduction - welcome session, discussion of the workshop programme
  2. introduction to the importance of photography, its physical construction and understanding the principles of the image registration mechanism
  3. indication of the most important parameters when working consciously with light, time and exposure
  4. practical tips for indoor photography, outdoor photography, event photography and setting up the model for the photo, the golden rule and other composition techniques. Framing a photo and choosing creative perspectives
  5. Practical tips on how not to shoot and what to look for to take the optimum frame in difficult conditions and uninteresting surroundings - 20 minutes
  6. Questions and answers

Coffee break

  1. practical dimension of photography - taking author's photos taking into account the newly acquired knowledge under the supervision of the workshop leader, questions and instructions will be given during the task
  2. discussion of results
  3. basics of photo post-production and post-image processing, including presentation of a list of downloadable mobile applications for image processing and the best programs for developing RAW files - practical demonstration of editing
  4. questions and answers
  5. presentation of certificates of participation

Workshop on setting up and running a business

Today, as part of the Active Creative project, a workshop was held on setting up and running a business. The Elbląg Technology Park brought together people interested in developing their professional paths to find out what steps need to be taken to set up a business and run it successfully, especially at the first stage of activity. The workshop leader, Ms Ewelina Strawa, shared her knowledge and extensive experience as a certified business coach with the participants. The training programme included such issues as what specific steps should be taken to set up one's own business in Poland, what innovations are and why it is worth talking about them, and why NIP alone is not enough - where to start. Participants not only listened to the theoretical part on the above topics, but also had the opportunity to actively participate in mutual interaction with the presenter.