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International Spring School Cultural Heritage & Wellbeing: Textile Cities

05 June | 00:00 - 09 June | 23:59

Dr. Guislain Museum, Ghent, Belgium

In 2023 and 2024 Dr. Guislain Museum will organise with several partners a series of  international training events in three European cities with a rich textile heritage: Ghent,  Leeds and Tilburg. 

Although each edition will have a specific focus (communities, co-creation  and making/makers) the red thread will be arts-based engagements using textile heritage.  The participants of the three editions will be connected through the development of an art engagement using a textile source under the guidance of artist and researcher Claire  Wellesley-Smith.  

For the first edition of this series, Dr. Guislain Museum will team up with the Red Star Line  Museum in Antwerp and Arts & Sciences University College London. Together they’ll deliver the International Spring School Cultural Heritage & Wellbeing: Textile Cities from  Monday 5 until Friday 9 June 2023 in Ghent (Belgium).  

For five days the participants receive a theoretical underpinning and are going to be guided in developing a wellbeing offering. The participants will encounter a wide range of methods and instruments that already are been used by inspiring cases were cultural heritage is used for the improvement of the wellbeing of communities. Included in the programme is a  field trip to Antwerp to visit inspiring community projects delivered by the Red Star Line Museum.  

The spring school is to be delivered by a highly experienced team of experts who are leading in different fields connected to heritage, community engagement and wellbeing: Bart De Nil, expert wellbeing, culture and community engagement, Belgium; Bart Marius, artistic director Dr. Guislain Museum, Belgium; Claire Wellesley-Smith, researcher and artist, United Kingdom; Nadia Babazia, public engagement Red Star Line Museum, Belgium' and Thomas Kador, Lecturer in Creative Health, University College London (UCL) Department of Arts & Sciences , United Kingdom.   


Who is this training course for? 

• Professionals working in cultural heritage organisations (museums, archives, galleries,  libraries with special collections)  

• Practitioners working with heritage in community engagement and creative health  

• Students and researchers in the field of creative health, museum studies, etc.  

Maximum 20 participants.  



€500 (including VAT). Reduced fee for students: €350 (including VAT).  

For this you will get lunches, refreshments and snacks during the sessions and breaks, course materials, a return train ticket from Ghent to Antwerp for the field trip on Wednesday  7th June and participation in the social program.  All other expenses are borne by the participants.