Open Practice Society is a program that explores, supports and facilitates functional dialogue between different generations of artists with the aim of developing innovative and sustainable approaches in the cultural sector (with a focus on the visual arts), through mentoring and artistic production projects.
Open Practice Society was initiated by multimedia artist Andrei Tudose in 2021, involving artists and cultural agents from various areas of practice. The activities and approaches on the program have the role of deconstructing the predefined boundaries between disciplines, respectively between the levels of practice of the participants and are based on opening a conceptual and applied bridge, both between practitioners at the beginning of the journey (high school students, University students) and cultural professionals (artists, curators, gallerists, cultural managers and other independent agents). The collaboration between the coordinating artists/mentors and the young participants during the program includes discussions and brainstorming sessions, guidance and collaborative work, debates and public presentations about art and creative processes, visits to workshops within the local cultural community and exhibitions, with the aim of promoting and engaging professional audiences from multiple generations and work paradigms.
Open Practice Society draws attention to the importance of supporting the alternative scene of contemporary art, independent cultural spaces that participate in cultural evolution and, above all, supporting young and very young artists, through whose practice contemporary culture fluidly changes. Equally, the program explores strategies to expand the independent zone into the mainstream in order to engage a wider audience.