Saturday, October 30/ November 06/ November 13, 2021, 3–7 pm (Central European Time, CET)

Social impact, social practice, storytelling, community engagement, art and social change through art, collaboration, community building, art and activism

Online workshop programme

October 30:

Participants will explore examples of how art and social justice movements intertwine and how visibility and impact can be maximized. We discuss the continuum of how change happens, define the different kinds of impact, and look at specific case studies. Suggested strategies for how to fund socially minded photographic work.

Participants will briefly present their work as well as the problem they seek to address. After, they will begin to outline their objectives for the impact they want their work to have, and begin a creative strategy for how to create their desired impact. 

November 06

Participants will workshop their strategy for impacting their social issue, peers and instructor will raise questions and help problem solve. 

Participants will look at additional examples of projects that the instructor thinks are relevant to their work. Participants will prepare to implement their projects. Before the next class, participants will implement their plans.

November 13

Participants will share their experiences implementing their projects in the real world. Project critiques. Class and instructor will generate a list of potential exhibition venues and publications that may be interested in showcasing this work. Participants will explore how to expand their projects conceptually, as well as identify potential grants and other funding sources. 


The participants need a computer with a camera and an intact internet connection to participate in this online workshop. The participants are asked to prepare a chosen topic and files of work they intend to use for this project.


Online workshop, digital via ZOOM online conversation. The exact link to the online conversation will be sent to the participants in advance

    Language: English
    Price members: 400 EUR
    Price non members: 500 EUR
    Number of participants: Min. 8 / max. 12
    Registration deadline: October 15, 2021
    Duration: 3 Online sessions each 4 hours

    Can images instigate social change? If so, how do we measure the social impact of art?

    In this workshop, participants will explore examples of how art and social justice movements intertwine and how visibility and impact can be maximized. Together with Emily Schiffer, they will explore how change happens, how artists have used grassroots strategies throughout history, and the impact of such collaboration. The workshop participants will then develop their own creative strategies for working with social groups and how their own photographic work can generate engagement.

    Emily Schiffer is a multi-discipline artist and the co-founder and creative director of We, Women, the largest social impact photo project by women, transgender and non-binary artists in the United States. Through photo-based community engagement projects, We, Women resists and interrogates social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity.

    In 2016, Schiffer, along with other young and internationally renowned photographers, co-created Danube Revisited. The Inge Morath Truck Project in honour of Inge Morath, the first female photographer at the agency Magnum Photos. The resulting exhibition Danube Revisited. Auf den Spuren von Inge Morath was shown with great success at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in 2017. Furthermore, Emily Schiffer produced See Potential, a public art project on the South Side of Chicago: large-format documentary images were installed on abandoned buildings to advertise community-led development plans. 

    Emily Schiffer (Website)​​​​​​​

      Sign up now for the online workshop with Emily Schiffer!

      After the submission of your data we will send you a confirmation by e-mail. This e-mail also includes the bank information for the transfer of the workshop fee. Your payment should reach our account fourteen days before the start of the workshop and is necessary for the participation. In the event of your absence without prior notice of at least 14 days we can unfortunately not refund the fee of the workshop.

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