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Beyond Verbal is a research-based, pedagogical, collaborative art project that communicates and creates awareness on issues concerning norm criticism, representation, inclusion, and gender equality. Beyond Verbal introduces participatory art processes into pedagogical and creative work with children between 1-6 years old. 

Beyond Verbal (BV) started in (2019) as a need to raise the quality and invent new methodologies in the work on gender equality and norm criticism in early childhood education and care. This work was developed in relation to the context of socioeconomically challenged and intercultural areas. To develop this work, we use contemporary socially engaged art processes as a tool. During the almost three-year-long progress, we exchanged knowledge and produced the tool to be implemented in the work with children. BV is based on the seven grounds for discrimination; race, color, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, and social origin, with a special focus on gender equality and standard criticism.

The partners in Beyond Verbal are several preschools, universities, and contemporary art organizations from Sweden, Denmark, and Turkey. The team behind BV has different professional backgrounds and affiliations. The four outcomes of the project (the web, publication, toolkit, and documentary) can be implemented in preschools, art organizations, and institutions.

The project was produced with the support of Erasmus+ (KA2).

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3 Neighborhoods in 3 Countries


Stockholm, Sweden


Rinkeby is characterized by high immigration and great segregation. The area is under a big gentrification process and in 2016, the Rinkeby Valley was opened to a shopping street, but with a number of empty premises, due to high costs and high criminality in the area.


The area is, for example, due to the honor cultural standards and other strong cultural contingent standards (Somalian, Islam, and Christian), a place where the public space is gender divided, where women and children do not have a place, where the Pride flag got vandalized (2017) and is not open to people who transgress norms, like homosexual, transgender and so on, at all.



Förskolan Torget (Rinkeby) / Tellusbarn 



Förskolan Torget is a preschool situated at the heart of Rinkeby, Stockholm, Sweden. The preschool is a part of Tellusbarn AB, a private company with 13 different preschools in the county of Stockholm and Uppsala. The mission of the company Tellusbarn AB, is based on the holistic needs of children, Creativity, Empathy, and Responsibility. Education combines care, nurturing, and learning to support each child’s well-being and development. Tellusbarn AB wants to nurture future cosmopolitans so they know their rights and their obligations. This is achieved by teaching children how to be a responsible person and the importance of being a good friend as well as to safeguard the environment.

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