Polart Circle

Polart Circle

Cooperation project creating new tools to question political issues through art.


is the aim?

To define methods to create art questioning political issues.

is involved?

9 European partners in an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.

is it happening?

The project took place from 2016-2019.

The Aim

What tools can we develop to help Europeans use art to question political issues?

How, within our current economies of knowledge and innovation, can the latent creativity of Europeans be mobilised? 

These are some of the questions that Polart Circle aimed to answer. 

Since 2010, La Transplanisphère has gained valuable experience using artistic production to address social concerns. The objective: to adapt this knowledge, combined with the expertise of the partner organisations, into a formal methodology. The hope: that this framework could, once transmitted throughout Europe using MOOCs, inspire and inform other projects crossing art and politics.

The Outcome

The Pedagogical Framework

In order to define the pedagogical framework for the MOOCs, the partners compared their practical experience with some existing manuals available on several European platforms (Erasmus+, Salto Youth toolbox, EACEA …).

While each of the MOOCs focused on a slightly different approach, they were united by a common value framework; notably, encouraging active participation, fostering interpersonal and intergenerational relations, and providing practical examples of situations which trigger personal expression. 


To reach the largest possible audience, we chose an innovative vector of knowledge sharing: the MOOC (massive online course). Easy to share and to access, this format provided the most contemporary means of reaching the target audience of young people, students, artists, and teachers.

Moreover, it permitted the construction of a community of users sharing their experiences of the tools as well as providing more exemplary material for fellow  creators, within Europe and beyond. 

The Partners


December 2016

First transnational meeting in Zagreb. 

2017 – Season 1 Writing

3 MOOCs published. 

2018 – Season 2 Staging

3 MOOCs published. 

2019 – Season 3 Performing

3 MOOCs published. 

Polart Circle event : Out from Other at Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe – Cité Internationale, Paris

In the frame of Polart Circle events,

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Polart Circle event on Brexit, Sciences Po Paris

Jan. 23 2019. As part of Sciences Po Paris, Rue St

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Polart Circle Partners meeting Riddarhyttan, October 2018

     The fourth meeting of partners was held in

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Polart Circle Presentation at the 7th EPALE France Thematic Meeting

On April 26, 2018, EPALE France organized in Paris

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Polart Circle Partners meeting Athens, March 2018

The third partners meeting happened in Athens in

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Polart Circle, Paris quick off meeting, April 17

  The second quick of meeting happened in

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Polart Circle Kick-Off Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia (Dec 2016)

Polart Circle Kick-Off Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

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