14th December 2015

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Location / Country / Region

Ankara, İstanbul , Turkey

Time frame

Started in 2008 and still running.

Short description

Providing the remedial power of art to the groups of people who have been exposed to social discrimination.

Actors Involved

Civil Society in the Penal System(CISST)

Association for the Development of  Social and Cultural Life (SKYGD)

Psikoloji İstanbul Center for Counseling, Training and Research

İstanbulimpro Performance and Art Education

Target audiences

Prisoners, addicted people, disabled people, the elderly, the homeless, and the ones who have been discriminated because of their sexual preferences, refugees and many other groups who have been facing problems and have been socially discriminated. Especially young people between 18-22 and their close environment (Families, employees of prisons and hospitals etc.)

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Political and Economic dimensions 

Society-based art practices which focuses on disadvantaged groups has been gradually becoming more common around the world. Public art, has started moving art from galleries and museums to public areas since 1960. The boundary between art and social work has being fading away and art has been becoming an efficient tool of intervening to the communal issues. Art is a way of reaching out to the ones under risk and rehabilitate the relation between these groups and society in general. The process and the relations established are more important than the products of the workshops.

Social dimensions

Our experiences from the studies we have made, indicated that art can be an efficient tool to achieve the goals of fostering communication and rehabilitation among disadvantaged groups in the society.



Each group will have 12-15 people who will be volunteers. The age of the attendees will be limited to 18-22 so to standardise the frame of art and to create a common language. The groups will also be gender-balanced as much as possible. We are planning to include the close environment of the disadvantaged individuals to the workshops. For instance, if a group of people who been rehabilitated for drug addiction, there will be 10 addicts, 2 nurses, a doctor and 2 relatives participating as well.



During the programme, the main areas of focus are consciousness of the body, communication skills, resource developing, self-esteem, creativity, solving problems and dealing with difficult situations.

Key success factors

Some new techniques have been developed through the use of art workshops in order to foster communication between different groups of people.

Contributions to LLL Policy 

The attendees try to find a solution for the problems presented in the workshops through their imagination. They are encouraged to work together in order to find the solution.

How does it contributes in qualify members  for the Labs and experts for the Forums?

Because of all these different studies and practical experience. Marijn became an independent trainer for different groups of disadvantaged people.

3. Lessons Learnt

Regarding the building of a shared definition of LLL in LLL-Hub

Negative thoughts go away. These exercises help the attendees in their social life to deal with the problems like lack of sleep, doubt, fear, chronic aches.

Regarding the possibilities of having practices in LLL which  evolve and become more innovative

Creating a space that the attendees can feel self-confident and have a chance to express themselves in any way possible.

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