Open Call: 'The Camouflaged Dynamics of Collaboration' - Davis & Jones
Nov
2
4:30 PM16:30

Open Call: 'The Camouflaged Dynamics of Collaboration' - Davis & Jones

This workshop will explore the camouflaged dynamics of collaboration including power, gender, race, privilege, money, social and cultural capital amongst others and how these are acknowledged, or not within our practice as socially engaged artists.

Using verbal and non-verbal activities the workshop will bring together personal and professional experiences of people in the room to shape a session that will map the field of collaboration. Questions that might be asked include: How do we step in and make work like it really matters? Can our work affect our and other people’s situations? How honest am I?

How can we be an ally when there is a danger of perpetuating existing systemic inequalities? Am I scared of shitting in my own backyard? And something about the grit in the oysters!

www.davisandjones.co.uk


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Social Art Networking
Nov
2
4:30 PM16:30

Social Art Networking

Join the co-conveners of the Social Art Summit in a wrap-up session to discuss some of the emerging questions and issues that have arisen over the two days. Part of the session will use an Open Space format where delegates can determine subjects for discussion.

There will also be an opportunity to shape ideas for moving forward by reflecting on the Summit’s aims of creating a network, raising the profile of the practice and deepening critical discourse.

Join us for drinks afterwards in South Street Kitchen.

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Open Call: 'Oh Pendle Oh Pendle' [Film Premiere followed by Q&A] - William Titley
Nov
2
2:30 PM14:30

Open Call: 'Oh Pendle Oh Pendle' [Film Premiere followed by Q&A] - William Titley

Born and raised in Pendle, artist William Titley asked his friends and relatives what they could remember about an old film called Whistle down the Wind (1961), starring Hayley Mills. It was filmed around Pendle Hill - a local landmark from which the borough gets its name - and follows the story of a group of children who find a man in their barn, whom they believe to be Jesus Christ. The results were edited in to this 33-minute film.

The multi-layered narrative unravels across sixteen screens (in a single projection), and is at the mercy of local weather conditions and everyday life.


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Discuss and Exchange: World Café session led by Jane Lawson - what was all that about?
Nov
2
2:15 PM14:15

Discuss and Exchange: World Café session led by Jane Lawson - what was all that about?

You’ve had a day and a half of input and discussion about socially engaged art. Where are you now? What are you taking away? What comes next?

This World Café session is a space to reflect on the summit with other participants, using the power of conversation to share our collective knowledge and experience. We’ll use the session to draw out some of the main themes and live questions that have arisen during the summit and lay the groundwork for the next event at Tate Exchange in April 2019.

www.janelawson.co.uk


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Lab: 'Representing the Change: Rules of Engagement' - Anna Francis
Nov
2
2:15 PM14:15
Labs, PM

Lab: 'Representing the Change: Rules of Engagement' - Anna Francis

Drawing on practice rooted in regeneration contexts with a focus on housing and development, this lab aims to reveal the challenging situations artists find themselves in when managing complex projects. When under pressure to demonstrate impact, notions of success for artists working in precarious contexts can be difficult to define.

In this lab delegates are invited to unpick the rhetoric and image of ‘successful’ community based arts programming and explore alternative criteria for reviewing practice. The lab will aim to create a space for truthful, supported exchange around a need for transparency in the ways that artists are working in order to demand greater support for the practice. Guest artist Rebecca Davies will join Anna Francis in facilitating the lab.

http://annafrancis.blogspot.com/


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Open Call: 'Let's Make a Game' - Anna Horton Cremin
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Open Call: 'Let's Make a Game' - Anna Horton Cremin

‘‘Let’s make a game!’ takes your favourite games from parties to playgrounds and makes them into something new. Using themes and questions from the Summit we will be creating a new street game to test, break and play together.’

We will be using Pocket Park Games toolkit as a starting point. This toolkit was created during the Good Game, a recent project with Ampersand Projects, Birmingham. Good Game explores the positive impact games can have on our lives, communities and the places where we live.

www.annahortoncremin.com

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Open Call: 'The Temporary Tattoo Parlour' - GOSH Arts and Davina Drummond
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Open Call: 'The Temporary Tattoo Parlour' - GOSH Arts and Davina Drummond

The Temporary Tattoo Parlour

Commissioned by GOSH Arts, artist Davina Drummond collaborated with young people at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and tattoo artist Ella Bell to create a limited edition set of temporary tattoos as a reminder that not all experiences or situations, especially when in hospital are permanent.

Historically tattoos have served as decorations of bravery, pledges of love and hope, celebrations of achievements and as reminders of important events. The discussions and limited edition that came out of a series of workshops allowed young people to reflect on the techniques they use to cope with their illness; process their hospital experience and share the challenges of living with ongoing health conditions.

Through a collaboration with Artfelt, the Temporary Tattoo Parlour will be situated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Friday 2nd 2.00 - 5.00.

www.gosh.nhs.uk/wards-and-departments/departments/gosh-arts

A version of The Temporary Tattoo Parlour will also appear  at Theatre Deli on Thurs 1st 12.30 - 2.00.

Image credit: Victoria Headstock


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Discuss and Exchange: Open Space
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Discuss and Exchange: Open Space

An open mic session for artists! After lunch each day delegates are invited to fill a 10-minute slot: 5-mins for presentation and 5-mins of discussion. This can be used to share practice or present an idea, question, problem etc. If you’d like to take a slot write your name up on the list on the door of Theatre Deli Studio and take any images for presentations to the Studio between 12.30 - 1.30 so they can be loaded on to the laptop.

The Open Space will be hosted by theatre maker Shabina Aslam who will kick-off proceedings with a 5-minute presentation of her ‘Bussing Out’ project.

Bussing Out: an exploration of the experiences of migrant children with Bradford Education and The Dispersal Policy 1965 – 1976. This is a Phd with the University of Huddersfield as well as a theatrical production with Theatre in the Mill in Bradford. The production will be realised as documentary theatre within an installation.

http://www.bussingout.co.uk/

Shabina Aslam

Shabina Aslam is a theatre maker based in Bradford, her work is rooted in art for social change and uses collaborative processes with communities to generate performance. With other thirty years experience on projects like Sounds Like Graffiti: Bradford (2010) where she worked with over fifty young people in Bradford to adapt Odysseus story to Manningham Park by creating a series of short radio plays downloadable onto mobile phones. Shabina aims to tell hidden histories of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities through a use of performance and technology.

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Open Call: 'Cards on the Table' - Ania Bas
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Open Call: 'Cards on the Table' - Ania Bas

Cards on the Table is a game for artists, community collaborators, activists, curators, producers, project managers, commissioners and others working in the social realm. It is a game that helps players think and talk critically about a specific project that they are working on. Made up of quotes on themes such as collaboration, administration, reputation, autonomy, aesthetics, critique, money and agency, the game provokes discussion about doubts, fears and hopes in an open way with peers. The goal of this game is to be honest about the different agendas, priorities and values embedded in projects, encouraging players to listen and to adapt.

Cards on the Table has been devised by Ania Bas, Sophie Hope, Sophie Mallett and Siân Hunter Dodsworth.

www.aniabas.com


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Lunch hosted by 'Open Kitchen'
Nov
2
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch hosted by 'Open Kitchen'

Join us at Theatre Deli for a complimentary lunch hosted by ‘Open Kitchen Social Club’.

Open Kitchen Social Club is a weekly social eating event in Sheffield city centre, providing a meal, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, and those in food and social poverty from the broader community. It began in May 2014 as a collaboration between Sheffield Refugee and Asylum Seeker Action Group (RASAG) and artist Ian Nesbitt. Open Kitchen provide event catering to raise money for continuing activities.

FB: open kitchen social club

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Lab: 'Archiving the Practice' - Sophie Hope
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00
Labs, AM

Lab: 'Archiving the Practice' - Sophie Hope

How are social art practices remembered? What conversations do past traces have with the present? Is there a sense of urgency that practices are being misunderstood? Taking a proposal emerging from long-term conversations between Sophie Hope and Peckham Platform for developing a Social Art Resource, the lab will explore issues of space, access, inclusion, exclusion, governance and the pros and cons of such an archive/resource.

Delegates are invited to bring material from their own archives to explore the complexities of telling the stories that sit behind practice and imagine future archives in 50/100/200 years time. Guest artist, Rosalie Schweiker and Emily Druiff, Director of Peckham Platform, will join the conversation.


www.sophiehope.org.uk

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Open Call: 'Street-lab: Testing the possibilities for togetherness' - Isa Suarez and Mmmmm
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Open Call: 'Street-lab: Testing the possibilities for togetherness' - Isa Suarez and Mmmmm

  • Various Locations around Sheffield City Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During the course of a two-hour outdoor lab, the artists will create a number of participatory street actions including the Sheffield Spoon Orchestra - a pop up orchestra comprising Summit delegates and members of the public. Referencing Sheffield’s historic steel industry, the myth-making of spoon-bender Uri Geller whilst creating live poetry, the Spoon Orchestra will draw on traditions from Latin America, where domestic cooking objects are used to create the noise of protest. This noise-making street lab will question methodologies of togetherness within the public realm.

Meet at Site Gallery for 11am.

www.mmmmm.org.uk

www.isasuarez.com

(Image: Cycling Voices by Isa Suarez and performed with the New Teenagers Gospel. Photo credit - Noncedo Charmaine.)

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Lab: 'Family Entanglements' - ; A Place of Their Own
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00
Labs, AM

Lab: 'Family Entanglements' - ; A Place of Their Own

‘; A Place, of Their Own’ is a collaboration between Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy.

As a reflection of their own family practice they will facilitate collective activities based around string games and Cat's Cradle, whereby delegates will explore critical themes including:

Radicality in the family and your practice; home as a site of arts practice; maternity as practice; alternative futures, new intergenerational relations and making different forms of kinship.

The lab will seek to explore how living with and raising children might offer ways to think about alternative futures in the face of economic, social and environmental crisis and how the 'family' might be a site of resistance to dominant ideologies.

www.aplaceoftheirown.org


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Discuss and Exchange: 'Surfacing Control' - Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin and John Hume
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Discuss and Exchange: 'Surfacing Control' - Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin and John Hume

SAN invited artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin to work together with John Hume for this D&E session which takes an honest and open view of what control means at a grassroots level. With over 20 years of working in the health and care sectors, John brings an insightful view of process-driven socially engaged practice from a different perspective. Sarah and Annis will be sharing ‘Messy Business’, a very current project working with women who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. Short presentations will be followed by small group discussions and collective conversation.


Surfacing Control: Why we need to ensure there is true involvement in our work in the ‘social’ sphere - John Hume

How we all work as practitioners, regardless of the sector/area, is critical if we are to have an authentic, meaningful and sustained impact with the people with whom we work. The session will focus on why collective control is more than a ‘nice-to-have’ and what we all, as practitioners, need to consider so as to not undermine this most important element of social engagement.

Messy Business - Sarah Cole, Annis Joslin and Joining Hands Joining Hearts.

Messy Business is a work in progress. Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin, with their community partners from Joining Hands, Joining Hearts, will be presenting some recently made short videos that have emerged from working with women who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. “Our Mess is Our Message’ is a phrase used by JHJH, and this has been the basis for this work. The session will involve a video screening, short practical activity (to reflect the artists working processes) and a discussion about the role of art and activism when working with people who are undergoing, or have been through, trauma. This presentation is an interim moment to reflect on what the work might be able to do. Commissioned by People United in association with Joining Hands Joining Hearts and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Optivo.

Bios

John Hume:

John has a background in social work, working closely with people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. It is through this and other work over the past 20 years, that he developed a keen interest in ‘control’ and how it manifests itself and how it can be undermined by our practice. John currently runs People’s Health Trust, where the concept of collective control plays out through externally evaluated, community/resident-led partnerships across Great Britain, some lasting for as long as 8-10 years.  Much of the engagement work has involved artists in all the settings in which John has worked and considers the intersectional elements of living and working in GB today.

Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin:

Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin have each worked as social arts practitioners for over twenty years. Sarah is a senior lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where she teaches on the BA Fine Art. Her practice is concerned with exploring models and experiences of care, pedagogy and play. Outcomes include TRIBE (Peckham Platform 2014), made with a South London young women’s group, Smother (Artangel, 2010) developed with Coram and their very young mothers group, and In-Kind (2014), a one-to-one performance in an old military ambulance developed with long-term carers in Islington. Annis uses drawing, animation, photography, performance and story-telling to create lens-based digital artworks that are shown in galleries, museums, online and in community contexts and situations. Her work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally with commissions from organisations such as Photoworks, The British Museum, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, The Royal College of Physicians, The National Trust, The Women’s Library and The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

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Open Call: 'The Two Elephants' - Adam Scarborough
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Open Call: 'The Two Elephants' - Adam Scarborough

Delegates are invited to sit and contemplate two opposing pieces of text in Site Gallery’s Project Space. This work by Adam Scarborough may offer to some a meditative space to consider their position in relation to the two statements or, for others, an instigation to conversation and debate.

www.adamjscarborough.com

(Image: ‘The Democracy Machine’, 2018)


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Open Call: 'Database (E)state' - Tom Keene
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Open Call: 'Database (E)state' - Tom Keene

Tom Keene is an artist and activist led researcher who probes how technical objects construct, transform, amplify, and coerce the social relations of everyday life. In this session he will present two artefacts from his Database (E)state project that explore the role of local authority housing databases in urban regenration. He created 'Shadow Database' and 'Special Purpose Vehicle' to help residents of Cressingham Gardens Estate in South West London resist the demolition of their homes.  

www.theanthillsocial.co.uk

www.db-estate.co.uk


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Open Call: 'Relative Poverty' [Walk] - Les Monaghan
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Open Call: 'Relative Poverty' [Walk] - Les Monaghan

Les’s exhibition, Relative Poverty is currently on display at Sheffield Cathedral. The exhibition shows work created with Doncaster residents who are in or have recently endured destitution. Every participant in the project was in destitution as a direct result of government policies (austerity, increased sanctioning, bedroom tax etc) implemented since 2010. Documentary photographs are contextualised with text referring directly to these policies informing viewers of societal as well as individual impact.

Join Les on a walk from Theatre Deli to Sheffield Cathedral to chat and view the work collectively. Les’s commission for the Social Works ? publication will be revealed at the Axisweb launch at Site Gallery on Thursday 1st 6.00 - 7.30.

Meet at Theatre Deli Studio.

www.relativepoverty.org


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Film: Screening Programme by Out/Side/Film
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00
Film, AM

Film: Screening Programme by Out/Side/Film

Sheffield-based socially-engaged film unit Out/Side/Film brings together a selection of moving image works by artists presenting and attending the Summit alongside films from it’s archive. Also showing will be a selection of films made by students on the Art and Social Practice MA course at Middlesex University.

www.outsidefilm.org.uk


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Presentation: Black Quantum Futurism, Re-Imagining the City by Rasheedah Phillips
Nov
2
9:45 AM09:45

Presentation: Black Quantum Futurism, Re-Imagining the City by Rasheedah Phillips

We are very excited to welcome Black Quantum Futurism to the first Social Art Summit.

Based in Philadelphia, USA, Black Quantum Futurism [BQF] is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips that weaves quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound to present innovative works and tools offering practical ways to escape negative temporal loops, oppression vortexes, and the digital matrix.

BQF has created a number of community-based projects, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films, zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab - a socially engaged art project utilizing themes of communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.

To kick-off Day 2 Rasheedah Phillips will make a presentation exploring ideas around Re-Imagining the City.

Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to see “into,” choose, or create the impending future.

Under a BQF intersectional time orientation, the past and future are not cut off from the present - both dimensions have influence over the whole of our lives, who we are and who we become at any particular point in space-time. Through various writing, music, film, visual art, and creative research projects, BQF Collective also explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and holistic methods of healing. Their work focuses on recovery, collection, and preservation of communal memories, histories, and stories.

https://www.blackquantumfuturism.com

Supported by Site Gallery

BQF

BQF Collective is a 2018 Solitude x ZKM Web Resident, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, a 2017 Pew Fellow, 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow, and a 2015 artist-in-residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange. The Collective has presented, exhibited, or performed at Red Bull Arts NY, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Philadelphia Art Museum Perelman Building, MOMA PS1, Bergen Kunsthall, Le Gaite Lyrique, MOFO Festival, and more.  

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. is the Managing Attorney of the Landlord-Tenant Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. She is a recent recipient of the National Housing Law Project 2017 Housing Justice Award, 2017 City & State Pennsylvania 40 under 40 Rising Star award, the 2018 Temple University Law School BlackLaw Student Association Award, and a 2017 Pew Fellowship co-recipient, and is a 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.


Rasheedah’s writing has appeared in Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle, Temple University Political and Civil Rights Journal, Villanova Law Review, Organize Your Own Catalogue, and many other publications. Rasheedah is the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, Black Quantum Futurism Collective, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Scifi Collective, and a self-published speculative fiction author of multiple books. She is also the co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab project, a socially engaged art project utilizing themes of communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.

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