Project Details


Spatial Practices in Art and ArChitecture for Empathetic EXchange (SPACEX) is a transdisciplinary research action that utilises secondments between academic institutions and third sector organisations in order to scope and map European spatial practices. It provides a body of findings that can be easily accessed by commissioning agencies, policy makers and publics through its open source web-site ( SPACEX aims to test, map, analyse, communicate and maximise the ways in which spatial practices in art, architecture and design instigate public exchange and promote empathetic ways of living together in urban space. It responds to the troubling rise of populist nationalism and conflict in European societies by engaging new publics and forging a culture that embraces diversity, difference, and discursive exchange within cities, towns and urban sites. The lack of interdisciplinary knowledge by those working in the cultural sector has significantly affected the way in which the social benefit of cultural activities is understood, articulated and applied. SPACEX proposes that inventing new and inclusive ways of living together, requires the implementation of new transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral practices and methods, that connect spatial practice with cultural sociology, cultural policy, critical pedagogies and behavioural economics. The comprehensive transdisciplinary composition of the SPACEX consortium- 27 partners in 9 EU countries and 1 TC, Palestine – will enable its ERs and ESRs to undertake secondments in a range of world renowned academic institutions, research institutes, arts organisations, biennials, urban agencies, a film festival and a creative media agency.
Short titleSpatial Practices in Art and ArChitecture for Empathetic EXchange
Effective start/end date1/03/2031/12/25

Collaborative partners

  • University of Northampton (lead)
  • Royal College of Art (Project partner)
  • University of Cyprus (Project partner)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (Project partner)
  • Coventry University (Project partner)
  • University College Dublin (Project partner)
  • Tate Gallery - Board of Trustees (Project partner)
  • Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (Project partner)
  • University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Project partner)
  • Taideyliopisto (Project partner)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Project partner)
  • University of Applied Arts Vienna (Project partner)
  • Coventry Biennal Ltd (Project partner)
  • Thresold Studios Ltd (Project partner)
  • NN Contemporary Arts (Project partner)
  • AA & U for Architecture (Project partner)
  • Project Art Centre Ltd (Project partner)
  • Casco Foundation (Project partner)
  • Stroom Den Haag (Project partner)
  • Transparisdo ZT KG (Project partner)
  • Laboratory for the Urban Commons-non-profit Civil Society (Project partner)
  • Athens Biennal (Project partner)
  • Verein zur Forderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. (Project partner)
  • Istituto Italiano per il Film di Documentazione Social ONLUS (Project partner)
  • The Wonder Cabinet (Project partner)
  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin (Project partner)


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