Kunsthal Aarhus is lead partner of the EU-supported art project Excavating Contemporary Archaeology. Excavating Contemporary Archaeology is an European Cooperation Project exploring our rich and diverse European Cultural Heritage made and presented by the four art institutions Kunsthal Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark), MUCEM (Marseille, France), POINT (Nicosia, Cyprus) and AIR (Antwerpen, Belgium).
From June 2018 until June 2020 we collaborate on engaging people across Europe in the present potentials of our Cultural Heritage. Between the four art institutions, we create an Artist-in-residence programme, inviting contemporary artists to visit and explore our diverse cultural heritage. In Denmark, France, Cyprus and Belgium the visiting artists will interact with the local art scene, take part in the development of an educational programme, produce and exhibit new works, thus inspiring our audience and the coming generations with new perspectives on cultural heritage, art, history and identity.
The Excavating Contemporary Archaeology project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme ‘Year of Cultural Heritage’ of the European Union.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage is organized by the European Commission. The aim of the year is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan of the year is:
Our cultural heritage: where the past meets the future.
The European Commission states that: Cultural heritage has a universal value for us as individuals, communities and societies. It is important to preserve and pass on to future generations. What is more, our heritage has a big role to play in building the future of Europe. That is one reason why we want to reach out to young people in particular during the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
MUCEM (Marseilles, France) is the first national museum dedicated to the great civilisations of the Mediterranean. MUCEM is a multidisciplinary place open to all where anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art find common meeting ground. It presents a cultural, social but also scientific exploration of the plurality of the civilisations existing in the Mediterranean world from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum implements education and activities that aim to ensure equal access to culture for all. MUCEM was inaugurated in 2013 but originates from the 19th century.
AIR Antwerpen (Antwerpen, Belgium) is an international residency for artists from all over the world. AIR is centered around the contemporary artistic practice and focuses on individual artistic needs of the emerging visual artist. The organisation guides the artist in a process-based project, with time and space as a premise for a site-specific and contextual practice. AIR encourages intercultural dialogue that arises from its local roots and the cultural, social and political current environment that Belgium offers. AIR was founded in 2005.
Point (Nicosia, Cyprus) is a non-profit organisation involved in the creative support and promotion of various fields of contemporary cultural production. Its international commissions focus on works that involve a relation to Point’s Eastern Mediterranean context. Point hosts a library, and its research department organizes seminars, workshops, lectures, events, educational programmes and the issuing of relevant publications. Point was founded in 2012.