gala partners can collaborate in specific Partner Working Groups (PWG’s), comparable to study groups. The primary goal of these groups is to strategically share knowledge and experiences and discover synergies between the different partners, located in different parts of the world. The Working Groups allow us to be adaptable and flexible to act in urgent situations as well as connect with external organisations. Partners can collectively develop activities for these groups, particularly to connect with other disciplines to complement our knowledge. For example by inviting scientists, environmental lawyers or to connect with bigger movements whose values we share.
PWG1: Online education on Art and Ecology
In this Working Group partners Labverde (Brazil), Fundación Mar Adentro (Chile), Instituto Sacatar (Brazil), Estudio Nuboso (Panama), Goethe Institut Rio (Brazil) and Artesumapaz (Colombia) are collaborating to develop an online course on Art and Ecology. The aim of the course is to reach and educate artists in more remote areas/in lockdown and to strengthen their skills in accessing opportunities in the field of art and ecology. This group is coordinated by gala founder and curator Yasmine Ostendorf.
PWG3: Ecocide and Advocacy
In this Working Group partners No Lugar (Ecuador), On the Move (Belgium), Invisible Flock (UK) and SAKA (Philippines) collaborate on connecting with policymakers and lawyers on making environmental crimes juridical crimes. Central questions include: What are the legal procedures to become a guardian of nature? How to articulate a relational jurisprudence as a guardian of nature? How do we represent Nature in court and how do we protect those who protect Nature? For this Working Group we collaborate with Kinstitute; a collective of artists, environmental lawyers and restorative justice experts who work on long-term projects dedicated to climate justice, environmental crimes, ecocide and the possibilities of proposing justice through artistic, juridical, ritualistic and restorative justice practices.
PWG5: Community Strategies
In this Working Group partners Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan), HAWAPI (Peru), Common Room Networks (Indonesia), Live.Make.Share (Vietnam), Kiosko (Bolivia), Platohedro (Colombia), Terremoto magazine (Mexico) and Madre Monte (Tenerife) collaborate to discuss and exchange strategies how to effectively engage the local community in our projects, in a way that benefits the community on the long term. Platohedro is coordinator of the group.
PWG7: Reforestation and Biodiversity
In this Working Group partners Labverde (Brazil), Valley of the Possible (Chile), Sacatar (Brazil), Fundación Mar Adentro (Chile), Estudio Nuboso (Panama), Pollinaria (Italy) and Imago Bubo (Spain) collaborate on how arts and culture can effectively contribute to forest preservation and re-wilding as well as protecting biodiversity. Estudio Nuboso is the coordinator of this group.
In this Working Group partners Museo del Hongo (Chile), Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia), Live.Make.Share (Vietnam), C-Platform (China) and Estudio Nuboso (Panama), discuss the possibilities of various bio-materials, particularly focusing on working with seaweed and fungi as alternative material to a range of toxic and non-biodegradable materials that artists often use in their practice.
PWG4: Land Rights and Indigenous Territories
In this Working Group partners SAKA (Philippines), Common Room Networks (Indonesia), and Labverde (Brazil) collaborate on how indigenous territories can be better protected and how farmers can obtain rights to their land. This group is against looting, land-grabbing and pro forming community alliances to stand stronger together.
PWG6: Urban-rural relationships
In this Working Group partners Pollinaria (Italy), Geo-AIR (Georgia) and Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia) exchange knowledge and strategies on how, as an art organisation, to facilitate urban and rural connections. Pollinaria is the coordinator of this Working Group.
PWG8: Ocean River Water Protection
In this Working Group partners ARTPORT_making waves (Germany/France), Ayer Ayer (Malaysia) and Invisible Flock (UK), ArteSumapaz (Colombia), Knockvologan Studies (Scotland), Translocal (Hungary/UK), Imago Bubo (Spain), and FLORA ars+natura (Colombia) work together to develop projects, resources and exchange knowledge on the topic of oceans, rivers and water. This includes issues such as acidification of oceans, overfishing, micro-plastics, clean drinking water, river ecologies and various other water- related environmental challenges. Coordinator of this group is ARTPORT_making_waves.