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The 7th Asia-Europe Art Camp – Art Workshop for Visual Arts 2009/2010 is a joint initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Art Workshop organised by Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain and University of Luxembourg.

The Asia-Europe Foundation has been organising art camps to explore and tackle issues concerning contemporary art and new media arts in Asia and Europe since 2003. Young artists from the two regions are brought together in this platform for dialogue, peer-to-peer exchange and collaboration to produce new work. The Camp focuses on the creative process rather than on the artistic product as it is designed to boost the participants’ learning experience and opportunities for their professional development.

Built on similar principles, the Art Workshop was initiated in 1998 by the Luxembourg-born artist Bert Theis (in close collaboration with Paul di Felice) during his art project for Manifesta 2 – European Biennial for Contemporary Art. Every summer since then, Casino Luxembourg has been organising European art workshops, in partnership with the University of Luxembourg, where young artists from Europe conduct creative and intellectual exchanges. The aim is to challenge them in contemporary art-making through a European platform for research, analysis and the study of contemporary art methods and materials. It allows young artists to present their work and discuss it with contemporary art professionals as well as with other young artists from different cultural backgrounds. At the end of the workshop, the productions are presented in an exhibition at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain.

The 7th Asia-Europe Art Camp – Art Workshop for Visual Arts 2009/2010 brought together a core group of 9 European and 9 Asian visual artists. During the Luxembourg residency in 2009, the selected artists presented their work to each other, they engaged in art-making and fieldwork and produced a first individual work for an exhibition staged at Casino Luxembourg.