The Draftsmen’s Congress at Toolbox Coworking in Turin


The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli presents the Draftsmen’s Congress, created by the artist Paweł Althamer. The project, organized by NERO and realized in collaboration with the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, will be held in Turin from the 8th of October to the 8th of November at Toolbox Coworking.

The Draftsmen’s Congress is a place open to everyone, where people are invited to draw freely on the walls, using paint, charcoal, collage or employing other techniques and materials. The project promotes a dialogue made of images instead of words: an environment where everybody is encouraged to interact in a free way and answer imaginatively through drawing. They may be polite or politically incorrect, frustrated or outraged; they can intervene on drawings by others in a true encounter and clash of images. Images they love, they hate, opinions they share or claims they stake.

The Draftsmen’s Congress in Turin will take place at Toolbox Coworking, a space devoted to co-working, obtained from two former industrial buildings behind Porta Nuova Train Station, a place where one can exchange job opportunities, competences and services, where self-employment is redesigned in a social way, focusing on relational skills and shared knowledge.

Toolbox walls are the space where participants will be able to express themselves freely: 700 sq. m. where artists, illustrators, street artists, architects, designers, musicians, craftsmen, self-employed, unemployed, pensioners, students will be able to draw, openly exchanging views on sharing and creation, on authority and the hierarchies defining competences and any kind of qualification in professions.

Throughout the duration of the Draftsmen’s Congress in Turin, the Educational Department of the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli shall engage schools and associations in activities aimed at youths, where they can measure themselves against art and creativity with an original and inclusive approach. Talks with artists will be organised alongside concerts and workshops to suggest topics and host the social and cultural experiences of the city of Turin.

On the 8th of October for the opening of the Draftsmen’s Congress, Italian, Swiss and European artists will meet the public and artist Paweł Althamer to start a creative process which will end on 8th November with a closing event on Saturday the 7th, the Fluo Night.

Initiated in 2012 in Berlin in St. Elizabeth’s deconsecrated church, in Rome at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma and at ESC Atelier Autogestito, within the Solidarity Actions of 7. Berlin Biennale, the Draftsmen’s Congress has been organised in different cities around the world and in different venues, cultural associations, disused industrial estates, artist’s studios, museum institutions of ancient (National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev) and contemporary art (New Museum, NY, UCCA, Beijing).

Draftsmen’s Congress in Turin
Produced by Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
in collaboration with Istituto Svizzero
Organized by NERO

Toolbox Coworking – Via Egeo 18, Turin.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Thursday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Free admission

8 October – 8 November 2015
Opening: Thursday 8 October 2015, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Closing event: Fluo Night – Saturday 7 November 2015, 6.00 pm – 12.00 pm

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