YES is a networking project between higher education sculpture courses in Europe. YES’s ambition is to support the professionalization of students who wish to specialize in sculpture and to prefigure joint training in European higher education.

The initiative involves TALM Higher School of Art and Design (France) as coordinator, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (Italy), the Art Academy of Latvia (Latvia) along with the Faculdade de Belas Artes – Universidade do Porto (Portugal), with guidance from the Agence Erasmus+ France / Éducation Formation.

The project aims to promote the sharing and exchange of good pedagogical practices and skills as well as the confrontation of theoretical and technical approaches in the field of sculpture in order to create innovative synergies and cooperation on a European scale.

In this perspective, three masterclasses will be organized successively in France, Latvia and Portugal between 2023 and 2024. They will each bring together about 40 students selected jointly by the four partner institutions and will address the challenges of common curricula in the field of sculpture. These masterclasses will allow students to explore the manifestations, modalities and status of contemporary sculpture in Europe around three major and transversal axes: materials, space, society and social practices. A final restitution of these three years of exchanges and cooperation is planned for 2025 in the form of an exhibition of the work of YES project alumni and a publication.

The Young European Sculpture (YES) Project receives a 3-year funding from the Erasmus+ program key-action 2 – cooperation partnership in higher education (2022-2025)