Vessel is a non-profit, independent cultural organization dedicated to contemporary art, particularly socially engaged art, which started in April 2011 in Bari, Italy, via funding from ‘Principi Attivi 2010’ issued by the Puglia region (Southern Italy). W-Est provides a platform for the development of socially engaged practices and critical discourses on contemporary art in relation to the cultural, social, economic and political issues that affect people on a regional and transnational level. Thus, reflection on transnational issues, have evolved via practices that are imbricated in local geographies and their social relations in the Southern Italian context of extensive regeneration and cultural development. Vessel intends to create a virtual-sharing platform in order for other institutions to support each other within an already established Euro-Mediterranean network.
Anna Santomauro is curator, educator and researcher in socially engaged art. In 2011, she co-founded W-Est in Bari, Italy, a non-profit art organization dedicated to public programming in relation to contemporary social, political, and economic issues. In 2015-2016, Santomauro was Public Programmer at Eastside Projects (Birmingham). She has developed several projects and curated multiple exhibitions. In 2013, she was one of the recipients of ICI/Dedalus Research Award. She lectures, gives talks, tutors and leads workshops in several institutions, including: CCS Bard College (NYC), Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), Newcastle University, Salt Galata (Istanbul), University of Cambridge, La Casa Encendida (Madrid).