ABOUT


Agora Arts Circle was founded by Marie Bidegaray and Raluca Damsa in 2017 and is based in Wandsworth at Battersea Arts Centre.

The term Agora means a place of exchange. Agora Arts Circle aims to exchange creativity, knowledge and challenge how we perceive contemporary arts and its social impact.

Agora Arts Circle motto is to support emerging artists and bring the arts to a broader audience. How do we do so?

 
  • We are composed of three branches: The Cube – Bridge – Roots. Each branch has its own mission statement as each project is different and has an individual purpose. We create projects shaped and driven by the needs of the audience we serve.

  • Each project is bespoke to our partner, the artists and the location. Understanding the communities we serve while ensuring that we play a more active role in developing community skills, creativity and well-being.

  • We started in Battersea creating real links within our local community. We respond to local needs whilst connecting those to a broader cultural movement. Our culture and heritage are priceless assets, and we must work harder, together, for everyone to benefit.

  • Each project uses two-levels of engagement:
    -    Participation: We create a plan based on a suggestion or interest, to then partner with local organisations and open the project to participants.
    -    Co-creation: We partner with a group, an individual or organisation and create the project with them from the very start.

  • Whatever we do, we collaborate with someone. This allows us to never fall into a routine and continuously challenge our approach.

  • We host open calls for each of the project we do so we can collaborate with new people.

  • We hire emerging artists and support them throughout the project.

  • We evaluate our projects by separating quality and quantity. This allow us to better understand the structure used and the impact on its environment and audience.

 

 
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Meet the team!

MARIE BIDEGARAY

I am the co-founder of Agora Arts Circle. 

I studied Fine Art, Art History and Visual Culture Theory at Kingston University and Goldsmiths University. Alongside my studies, I worked in the art world. I occupied different roles from gallery assistant, project coordinator, gallery manager and so on.  

I co-founded Agora Arts Circle because I wanted to create a constantly evolving structure to respond to the emerging creatives needs and open the arts to a wider audience.  

 

RALUCA DAMSA

I am the co-founder of Agora Arts Circle. 

I completed a BA in Communication and Public Relations at UBB. Since then I have worked in London for various organisations, private artist studios and galleries. My passion for the arts and people led me in particular to study social media and its uses. 

Art has the power to push people to reconsider their surroundings, I co-founded Agora Arts Circle to nurture a place for people to connect and share ideas. 

WILLIAM REDGROVE

I am Agora Arts Circle’s Assistant Arts Administrator.

I studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England and Typography at London College of Communication. I have worked as a gallery coordinator and as a freelance illustrator, designer and artist amongst other positions within the arts.

Community and the arts play a huge role in my life. I joined Agora Arts Circle to support emerging artists and help them connect with local communities.


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