Stela Anastasaki is a cultural manager, residing in Thessaloniki since 2000. Her professional experience derives mainly from her employment in the museum sector and other cultural and educational institutions (MMCA, AUTH). She has studied archaeology and holds an MA in History of Art (AUTH University).
Art and crafts have fascinated her since she was a child raised in a rural environment where hands-on creation is a way of life and working with crafts is innate and effortless, where everyone had opportunity to embrace the rewarding opportunity of creativity. Having realized that access to the arts and all the multifaceted aspects of culture is not a given for many people, Stela's vision is to work to create a platform that enables participation for all in whatever is perceived as art - in an equal, democratic and enjoyable manner.
Diving deep into the notion of accessibility, she gained extremely valuable experience through the implementation of the project Matter over Matter. There she co-designed an exhibition aiming to grant access to and be inclusive of people with impaired vision through the creation of tangible art works using newly introduced 3D technologies. As a continuation of this line of endeavour, Stela’s 2019 START placement in Germany demonstrates her aspiration to fully explore, elaborate and experiment in the introduction of new technologies aiming to facilitate access to audiences with special and specific needs.