From participatory practices to participatory futures. An open dialogue with London, Marseille and Almada.

The former prison of Trafaria will host the future NOVA Institute of Art and Technology (IAT).

Our colleagues from Nova University Lisbon, La Friche la Belle de Mai and University of the Arts London have prepared a splendid webinar on participatory practices. 

This event brings together presentations from across three cities from the T-Factor project represented by three project partners: NOVA University in Lisbon, La Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille and University of the Arts London (UAL) Central Saint Martins.   They are currently collaborating as one of seven T-Labs within the T-Factor project, focusing on Art, Culture and Creativity.  The presentations will come from 12 practitioners, from across this partnership.  They will present how their activities seek to engage the communities they are working with and how they foster participation, collaboration and co-creation.  This will take place in the form of a series of four round table presentations and discussions.

Trafaria is a fishermen’s village in the south bank of the Tagus river, 10 minutes and 5 miles from Lisbon (by ferry). Its emblematic site, an old fortress and prison, has been deactivated for many years and symbolizes the military architecture of the old coast artillery regiment. The requalification of Trafaria’s fortress is part of the development strategy outlined by the Almada City Council, which aims to promote economic development, boost cultural activities and stimulate a new strategy for the requalification of the entire public space. The regeneration initiative aims to turn Trafaria into a hub of arts, culture and creativity, that sees the settlement of the NOVA Institute of Art and Technology (IAT) as the catalyzer of new higher education, applied research and enterprise opportunities with an international outlook, yet with a strong focus on the creation of positive social and economic impacts over the area and its inhabitants.

Skatepark at La Friche in Marseille /Caroline Dutrey.

In this event, NOVA together with the other T-Factor partners, UAL and La Friche, will present and discuss the impact of artistic practices and heritage in urban transformation. Some of the intended outcomes of T-Factor for IAT will be presented along with similar experiences in other European regions considering several dimensions including visual arts, urban engagement, heritage and technology. With this event, Nova  expects to model and foresee some of the possible futures for IAT where heritage, art and technology play a central role in education, research and urban transformation.

Title: From participatory practices to participatory futures. An open dialogue with London, Marseille and Almada.

Date: 4th May 2021,  

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 (Lisbon London time) and 14:00 – 16:00

Language: English

Join us @ Zoom (more details and link below)



10:00  |  Welcome


10:10 – 11:00  |  Round table 1 /  Visual Arts, moderated by Mick Finch

• Carla Fernandes, Director of the BlackBox Lab and Professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences in NOVA University Lisbon, with invited artist Victor Gama.

• Véronique Collard-Bovy – Director of FRAEME, Production and Diffusion association for contemporary arts in La Friche la Belle de Mai since 2001

• Alex Schady – Artist, Head of Art Central Saint Martins


11:10 – 12:00  |  Round table 2 /  Urban Engagement,  moderated by Eva Riccio

• Margarida Brito Alves, Associate Professor at the Department of Art History at Faculty of Social and Human Sciences in NOVA

• Thomas Walks – Responsible of animation for Board Spirit Marseille, Skateboard school and cultural event planner based in La Friche la Belle de Mai since 2009

• Rhianon Morgan Hatch and Andreas Lang – Public Works 


 14:10 – 15:00  |  Round table 3 / Heritage, moderated by Márcia Gomes Vilarigues 

• Rita Macedo – Art historian, professor of Contemporary Art History and Documentation in NOVA

• Camille Garçin – Les Grandes Tables, Restaurant, artistic and cultural event planner based in la friche since 2006

• Paul Goodwin – Head of Train, University of the Arts London


15.10 – 15:50  |  Round table 4 / Technology, moderated by Karim Asry

• Emilie Robert – Director of Massalia Theater, Conventional stage of national interest for Art, childhood and youth, Based in la Friche la Belle de Mai since 1992

• Nick Rhodes – Head of Product, Ceramics and Industrial design, Central Saint Martins

• Nuno Correia –  IAT Board Member, Interaction & Digital Media Professor, FCT NOVA


15:50 – 16:00  |  Closing remarks & End of the Session