Wiki Loves Art/2016

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Wiki Loves Art is a photo project in what photographers and volunteers from Wikipedia visit museums, archives, galleries and libraries to take photos of pieces of art the institution has designated.

Purpose[edit]

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Wiki Loves Art intends to build up contacts with cultural institutions and other organisations, and to enlarge their digital presence particularly in the Wiki-projects by increasing the availability of photos of their artwork collections under a free license (the GLAM objective). The project also offers an opportunities for volunteers and contributors from Wikipedia to meet with interested people for the world of art and photography. Participating in Wiki Loves Art provides an opportunity for people to encounter and get to know the organisations and their art collections and to increase and improve Wiki- articles about these organisations and about their collection on Wikipedia (the Education objective).

The culminating event of the Wiki Loves Art is a photography contest.

Participating in Wiki Loves Art is easy for institutions and organisations, and it's a practical and easy way to collaborate with Wikipedia. It will certainly generate more attention for its artwork collection making the institution or organisation more relevant for the general public. With each image the institution is credited as the source and links back to the website of the institution. The institution determines themselves which pieces from their collection take part, and participants are only allowed to take photos of these selected pieces and upload them.

Participating in Wiki Loves Art is straightforward for existing Wikipedia contributors, but it a real opportunity for wikipedia readers to get to know the wiki-projects world and become a contributor themselves. Generally new contributors explore the wiki-world at their own peril, and the proverbial many were called for also the proverbial few actually succeeded and continued to make valuable contributions. Adjuvant projects will help newcomers over the initial hurdles. The contributors will upload photos for the contest. After the upload period, a jury will judge all the participating images and select the best ten. The authors/uploaders of these photos will receive a prize.

Afterwards volunteers from Wikipedia will add the photos to relevant articles, and more information about the pieces will be added to the file pages as documentation, including the author, date of creation, description of the piece, and more metadata.

History and background[edit]

The concept of Wiki Loves Art comes from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, where several projects have resulted in a large number of photos. Local media created also much publicity for Wikipedia and the involved institutions.

In 2009 Wiki Loves Art was also organized in the Netherlands. In that year 46 institutions took part in the project and opened their doors.

The concept of Wiki Loves Art is based on the Netherlands concept of Wiki Loves Art which is designed in a flexible concept, with core values :

  • Photo contest
  • 1 month
  • participation is very accessible / inviting ; has low access threshold of participants(Laagdrempelige deelname)
  • Clear indication of participating institutions and artefacts (bijv. lijsten van de instellingen)
  • participating institutions ONLY !

Many aspects are still under development :

  • participating institutions are offered a menu of participation options
  • Spread across the country (in the context of WMBE limited to Flanders- vlaanderen, this first attempt, different public sponsors in wallonia : needs renegotiation )
  • Publicevens as part or as format around the contest
  • Promotion of the contest in the participating institutions and via Wikimedia
  • Main prize category the best photograph criteria: technical quality , usability for Wikipedia & Originality
  • Other categories a.o.: quantity (who takes most pictures in most different participating institutions?), showing the museum process (pictures describe the operating procedures of a participating institutions - mutually exclusive with main category) ; Most welcoming participating institutions (on basis of questionnaire participating photographers).
  • Perhaps a special focus on pieces outside regular collection/ collection in storage

Target audience[edit]

Target public of WLA2016 /BE project

The Target public of the WLA2016 /BE project (from the point of WMBE and the project team )

  • GLAM-ORGANISATIONS: with organisations we mean
    • any Public Institution like museums, libraries, theatre and opera house cultural centres and similar that offers or makes available to the public permanent or temporary artefacts, works of art or any work with cultural value, such as paintings, pictures, frescoes, posters, prints, statues, any figurative art on any imaginable carrier, architecture, buildings or tailored environments of artistic and cultural value, performances etc...
    • any Private Institution that performs the same/similar function(s), has am item / collection of items that is of interest and makes it/these accessible to the public or wants to make a virtual display of (some) the item(s) in their collection
    • any Private Person that owns a collection of culturally important artefacts which is not accessible to the public and wants to make a virtual display of (some) the item(s) in their collection
    • any organisation that is involved in the preservation or collection of Belgium's cultural or artistic heritage
  • SPONSORS (see partners below ): are public (governmental) or private organisations that promote the preservation and public availability of our Belgium cultural and artistic Heritage, and want to support either financially or otherwise the Wiki Loves Art initiative WLA2016 /BE
  • PUBLIC : the general public, primarily people who have an interest in our/their cultural and artistic Heritage : permanent or temporary artefacts, works of art or any work with cultural value, such as paintings, pictures, frescoes, posters, prints, statues, any figurative art on any imaginable carrier, architecture, buildings or tailored environments of artistic and cultural value, performances etc.

Relation between the target audience and the WLA2016 /BE project[edit]

The GLAM-ORGANISATIONS[edit]

will be approached to open their collection to the WLA2106 /BE public of volunteers.

    • make available the item/ items of interest for the WLA2016 /BE photo contest
    • items of interest could be permanent or temporary artefacts, works of art or any work with cultural value, such as paintings, pictures, frescoes, posters, prints, statues, any figurative art on any imaginable carrier, architecture, buildings or tailored environments of artistic and cultural value, performances
    • collaborate in the organisation of one or more photography-sessions of such items by the public
      • format a  : a single closed session :
        • a limited number of pre-registered participants and a WMBE session conductor are allowed to take photographs
        • outside normal opening hours / or in a closed of section of the organisation
        • under supervision of the director/intendant/conservator of the organisation
        • using (otherwise forbidden) lightning equipment/ flashes etc = access to electricity provided by the organisation
        • the session will be video taped
      • format b : an open single session
        • an unlimited number of unregistered participants and a WMBE session conductor are allowed to take photographs
        • outside or during normal opening hours / or in a temporary closed of section of the organisation
        • under supervision of the director/intendant/conservator of the organisation
        • using (otherwise forbidden) lightning equipment/ flashes etc = access to electricity provided by the organisation
        • the session will be video taped
      • format c: open access for limited period
        • an unlimited number of unregistered participants are allowed to take photographs
        • during normal opening hours and for limited period of time ( e.g. a week )
        • under supervision of the director/intendant/conservator of the organisation
        • using (otherwise forbidden) lightning equipment/ flashes etc = access to electricity provided by the organisation
        • the sessions will not be video taped
      • format d : registered users for the whole contest period
        • an unlimited number of pre-registered participants are allowed to take photographs (participants register with WLA and are ticket off at the entrance)
        • during normal opening hours and for the whole period of the contest
        • using (otherwise forbidden) lightning equipment/ flashes etc = access to electricity provided by the organisation / or no special lightning equipment allowed
        • the sessions will not be video taped by WLA, supervision at discretion of organisation

anything could be said about how the organisation want to be 'seen' in the Wikimedia projects / Wikipedia etc... an organisation could opt for - a presentation of the organisation with a photo gallery teaser about its collection - a presentation of the organisation with a photo gallery teaser about a single artefact - a presentation of the organisation with a number of artefact + articles about those artefacts with photo gallery of each artefact

The SPONSORS[edit]

  • help the WLA team to obtain the collaboration of the organisations. obtain the necessary authorisations etc...
  • getting supplemental financial support

The PUBLIC[edit]

WMBEs primary goal is to Engaging people in free knowledge a clear outreach objective in order to reach out to the public we need to assess their needs/interest and focus it on the wiki-projects. In this case through WLA2016 /BE project . The project needs

    • contestants / participants for the photo contest
    • editors to write articles about participating organisations and photographic contributions

Recruiting and educating the public for the WLA2016 /BE project will discussed in detail in Wiki Loves Art 2016/sideprojects

Contacts[edit]

Partners[edit]

The project team is composed out of several people coming from Wikimedia Belgium and other organisations with a long-term expertise in working with cultural institutions and/or open knowledge projects. Besides WMBE, currently four organisations are represented in the team and are our partner in organising Wiki Loves Art:

This is the project team at the moment, the start-up team, which may grow in the coming months.

Participating organisations[edit]

Museum Location D/C Contest category
Ceramic Museum Andenne D/C Wiki Loves Art
FOMU Photo Museum Antwerp D/C Wiki Loves Art
Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library Antwerp D/C Wiki Loves Art
Halle Gate (KMKG) Brussels D/C Wiki Loves Art
Cinquantenaire Museum (KMKG) Brussels D/C Wiki Loves Art
Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) Brussels D/C Wiki Loves Art
Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History Brussels D/C Wiki Loves Art
Museum of Fine Arts (MSK Ghent) Gent D/C Wiki Loves Art
Bardelaere Museum Lembeke D/C Wiki Loves Art
Library of Université de Liège Liège D/C Wiki Loves Art
Kazerne Dossin – Memorial Mechelen D/C Wiki Loves Art
Mundaneum Mons/Bergen D/C Wiki Loves Art
Musée Royal de Mariemont Morlanwelz D/C Wiki Loves Art

Volunteers[edit]

Budget[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Project Plan - Side projects

  • December 2014 - Start project preparations
  • 14 January 2015 - First meeting of start-up team
  • January-August 2015 - preparations project: team, budget, grant proposal
  • June-September 2015 - preparations project: brochures, website
  • 29 February 2016 - Presentation about Wiki Loves Art during Open Belgium 2016   (Romaine)
  • February 2016-June 2016 - contact with cultural institutions, organisation of regional meetings with organisations to inform them about the project, visits to organisations to explain what the project is and discuss their participation.
  • 4 April - Onepager of Wiki Loves Art ready in three languages for sending out to knowledge organisations   (onepager: Dutch/French/English) (Romaine, Lfurter & partners)
  • July-August 2016 - photo contest: participants visit museums and other organisations to take photos and upload these under a free license
  • September-October 2016 - judging
  • 25 November 2016 - Prize giving ceremony Wiki Loves Art & Wiki Loves Monuments at KIK-IRPA   (invitation | winning photos WLA | jury report WLA | winning photos WLM | photos ceremony)


Meetings for multiple museums are scheduled in February, March, and April 2016 and will be spread over the country to have all regions covered. Additional group meetings with cultural institutions are still to be determined and depend on requests of interested organisations. We aim to organise about 6 meetings open for multiple museums and to organise these meetings in sponsored conference rooms and meeting spaces in various museums/institutions that are interested in participating in Wiki Loves Art. If necessary we can also use one of the large meeting spaces of one of our partners in Brussels.

Sessions at participating institutions[edit]

Open full period:

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gent (MSK Ghent)
  • Bardelaere Museum, Lembeke (on Sundays and holidays)
  • Musée Royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz

On specific days:

  • 14 July 2016 - Photography session at Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Mechelen
  • 23 July 2016 - Photography and writing session at FOMU Photo Museum, Antwerp
  • 26 July 2016 - Photography session at Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Antwerp
  • 30 July 2016 - Photography session and guided tour at Museum of Fine Arts, Gent
  • 3 August 2016 - Photography session at Cinquantenaire Museum, Brussels
  • 8 August 2016 - Presentation, guided tour and photography session at Ceramic Museum, Andenne
  • 10 August 2016 - Photography session at Halle Gate, Brussels
  • 12 August 2016 - Presentation, photography session and writing session at Library of Université de Liège
  • 16 August 2016 - Photography session at Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Antwerp
  • 18 August 2016 - Photography session at Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Mechelen
  • 19 August 2016 - Presentation, photography session and writing session at Library of Université de Liège
  • 20 August 2016 - Photography session and guided tour at Museum of Fine Arts, Gent
  • 22 August 2016 - Presentation, guided tour and photography session at Ceramic Museum, Andenne
  • 24 August 2016 - Photography session at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Brussels
  • 27 August 2016 - Guided tour and writing session in the Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels
  • 28 August 2016 - Presentation, guided tour and photography session in the Mundaneum, Mons

Statistics[edit]

  • 70+ organisations contacted and communicated with about Wiki Loves Art
  • 13 participating institutions
  • 16 photography sessions
  • 11 articles written
  • 3 articles extended
  • 3012 photos uploaded as result of Wiki Loves Art (before 1 September)   (source)
  • 71 uploaders/participants with photos uploaded
  • 103 registered participants during closed sessions (not included: participants at other days)
  • 34 times media attention
  • Award ceremony
    • 76 people at ceremony
    • 12 winning photos from 10 photographers in Wiki Loves Art
    • 8 of the 10 winning photographers were present

Related links[edit]

Announcements and notices from WLA/WMBE[edit]

Announcements and notices from partners[edit]

Articles by participating institutions[edit]


Mentioning in media & press[edit]

  • (nl) Wiki Loves Art, De Zondag/Deinze-Meetjesland, 21 August 2016