I am passionate about bringing people together to create a stimulating context for creative and critical thinking. My workshops and courses invite people from various background to think together and be inspired by new ideas and the sharing of stories. People who have participated in my events tell me how they wished they could keep on meeting up, which is the best feedback I could get.
I also facilitate meetings for organisations, insitutions and companies. Meetings are often perceived as dull, not engaging and lacking a goal. By using collaborative visualisation, I make meetings actually enjoyable, because you develop a new shared language, the process is well designed with clear activities and goals, and there is a visual memory of the whole experience. Facilitation is not just about using post-it notes, it is about using the right methods and tools to make a meeting collaborative, effective and memorable.
"When I am designing and facilitating my workshops, I'm in a state of flow - a wonderful feeling of excitement, challenge and inspiration. Aside of my art practice, I love to read distopian literature, to dance outside in the sun, and to scan the local fleamarkets as I'm a strong supporter of the reuse, repair and upcycle culture."
I have designed and facilitated over 40 workshops, amongst others for:
I have also facilitated spatial thinking workshops with architects and students of architecture in London, Florence and Hong Kong.
My art works have been shown at 11 solo exhibitions and over 25 group shows, and I have presented at a diversity of artist talks. Paintings have been purchased by the University of the Arts London, H2O Venture Partners in Oxford, Clink Street Properties in London and the University of Copenhagen (donation), as well as private houses in the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
I have presented my research at over 10 international conferences. I have also taught in art and architecture departments as guest lecturer at the University of Florence, the New York University in Florence, the Syracuse University in Florence, and the University of Westminster.
If you are curious about the theoretical background to my work, have a look at my publications:
Mlicka, A., 2019 (forthcoming). ‘Visual agency: Participatory painting as a method for spatial negotiation’, in ‘Visual Research Methods in Architecture’, ed. Igea Troiani and Suzanne Ewing.
Mlicka, A., 2017. Facilitating Spatial Negotiation: A Pragmatic Approach to Understanding Public Space. The Journal of Public Space, 2 (2), pp. 27-36.
Mlicka, A., 2016. Imagining a 'Relational' Painting. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2 (2), pp. 322-326.*
Mlicka, A., 2014. Painting Architecture: Towards a Practice-Led Research Methodology. Studies in Material Thinking, 10, pp. 1-19.