We are a small non-profit organization working since 2016 to create opportunities for encounters and cooperation between neurodiverse artists and those “disabled” by art academia. We believe that, just as it is important for neurodiverse artists to have the opportunity to develop their creativity and their artistic expression, it is also essential for our society as a whole. We are convinced that not only do artists need an audience, but society needs to be exposed to the unique perspective that these neurodiverse artists have to offer.
One of our goals is to stimulate discussion on topics such as normality, diversity, and tolerating difference. To this end, we established a new comprehensive project entitled ART30.2, which involves all of our activities to date, including Jamming and Artist Statement. The operation of a shared studio, then, is key for us. The Barvolam Studio is the heart and brain of Barvolam, where we want to deepen and improve all our activities.
The name of the project comes from Article 30.2 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It guarantees such individuals the opportunity to develop and utilize their creative, artistic and intellectual potential.
As part of the project, we are collaborating with the Icelandic organization List án landamæra (Art Without Borders). We intend to participate in their festival Art Without Borders in Iceland.
The project is financially supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norway Grants. The Capital City of Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic provide further funding. We thank Nielsen and Molotow for their cooperation.
Barvolam is a member of the Unity for Deinstitutionalization (Jednoty pro deinstitucionalizaci) and one of the Hate Free Zones.
Annual Reports (in Czech)