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Discuss and Exchange: 'Staying Social and Its Consequences' -
Nov
1
4:30 PM16:30

Discuss and Exchange: 'Staying Social and Its Consequences' -

Early on in its eighteen year history, Access Space developed a strategy for engaging with the community in Sheffield (and encouraging the community to engage with itself) using intertwined strands of art, technology and education. At the heart of this was a sense of the social which created new communities that still exist in the world today. People met here, taught each other creative skills and became friends, and they still do.

Jake Harries will present an overview of Access Space’s history while discussing the position it finds itself in today

Access Space has used a social environment to pioneer a peer learning space for the broader community and to push its agenda of the arts, technology and social change.

Over the eighteen years technology has changed and so have the economic and political environments, and each of these have had their effects, but still the most important aspect of this organisation is as a place where people can interact with each other, break down barriers and learn from each other.

www.access-space.org


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Discuss and Exchange: Photography as a Socially Engaged Practice - Open Eye with Associated Artists
Nov
1
4:30 PM16:30

Discuss and Exchange: Photography as a Socially Engaged Practice - Open Eye with Associated Artists

  • Scottish Queen (S1 Artspace former building) (map)
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Open Eye Gallery’s Head of Engagement and photographic artist, Liz Wewiora will open up the session by discussing recent projects exploring how photographers and communities can co-author culture. Liz will also discuss the rise amongst the sector in championing socially engaged photography practice, including plans for a new national network.

Photographic artist and Open Eye Gallery associate Tony Mallon will discuss his previous and on-going collaborative project with local residents from Kirkby (Merseyside), asking why does long term engagement matter? Creative writer Pauline Rowe will discuss the multi-disciplinary approach she takes to her creative writing work with communities in arts and health. She will ask what role photography and creative writing can play together for socially engaged arts practice? The session will then be handed over to the audience to continue the discussions and provocations raised by the presentations.

Come and find out how you can get involved in this new and exciting network.

About Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool. We believe photography is for everyone and can be meaningful, informing our present and inspiring positive futures. We work with people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present, and to celebrate its diversity and creativity. Right now, we’re working towards becoming a more useful gallery for all, putting socially engaged photography practice at the heart of what we do.

We present an international programme of contemporary photography exhibitions at our Liverpool Waterfront gallery, elsewhere in the UK, and further afield.  We also programme workshops, talks and evening events, and house a permanent archive of diverse photographs. We support established and emerging artists, developing practical, critical and professional skills among photography practitioners. Alongside University of Salford, we co-deliver an MA in socially engaged photography practice. We also offer training and development opportunities to people within our local community.

(Image: Peel Site, Winds of Change, Tony Mallon and Northwood's Golden Years group, 2017)

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 Discuss and Exchange: 'Self Care & The Sounding Board'
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Discuss and Exchange: 'Self Care & The Sounding Board'

Led by Sheila Preston, R.M. Sánchez-Camus

This D & E session will look at the impact of socially engaged practice on artists health and wellbeing, focusing on developing a series of techniques that can serve as a platform for artists to support each other as sounding boards. 

Looking at techniques in therapeutic supervisions, creative mentoring, and group coaching, the session is an invitation for artists to think about how to incorporate self care into their project based practice, and how to develop and share methods and techniques to improve our support systems and mental health. 

Dr. Sheila Preston researchers and published on the role and the influence of the community arts facilitator. She calls for a more critical attitude vis-à-vis this crucial role in community arts and for a deeper awareness of the ethical dimensions in the work of community artists. She currently offers services for artists and organisations interested in mentoring and coaching services. 

Dr. R.M. Sánchez-Camus is a practitioner with a focus on outdoor arts, site-responsive practice, social interventions and the building of support systems for artists working in social art practice. He has worked in arts and palliative care, with a focus on arts as a therapeutic process in the dying process. With a diverse background in visual art, circus arts, immersive theatre, and street theatre his incorporates this all into his praxis. 

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Discuss and Exchange: Open Space
Nov
1
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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Discuss and Exchange: 'Ar' City' - AALFY, 108 The Moor
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Discuss and Exchange: 'Ar' City' - AALFY, 108 The Moor

AALFY: 108 The Moor

How do you make a city fun? Taking the concept of the Playable City, Ar’ City uses ‘creative tech’ interventions made by young people to prompt citizens to re-think everyday moments and form memorable shared experiences.

Initially a means for young people in Sheffield to have a voice and express their perception of the city through art and design, the project has grown to become a 2-week festival launching in 2019. Ar’ City Festival of Creativity is led by young people across the city, supported by local businesses and for is all Sheffield folk.

Join some of the team in an Open Studio event at 108 The Moor on Thursday 1st of November to explore project ideas and installations including the Teleportation Booth, Starlight, the Sheffield People’s Diary and much more.

Ar’ City is led by AALFY and co-produced in collaboration with young people from The Sheffield College, Longley Park college and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

aalfy.org/playablecity

Bio

AALFY introduces learning experiences based on creativity, enterprise and digital opportunities for marginalised groups of young people and adults to become enterprising, resilient, adaptable and agile individuals. We want to develop each individual’s agency so that they can improve decision making and overcome obstacles. Ultimately becoming a well-rounded individual who feels independent with a sense of purpose and role in the wider community.

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Discuss & Exchange: 'Queering Spaces'
Nov
1
11:00 AM11:00

Discuss & Exchange: 'Queering Spaces'

Led by Claire Meade, Jessie Mclaughlin and Kevin Jesuino

Queering Spaces will examine the challenges, visibility and specific needs for queer artists working in socially engaged practice. This D & E event will bring together voices that explore how queerness can be brought towards visibility in education, museums, and the social sphere. Examples of practices across various countries and cultural contexts will shed light on how queer artists are bringing the struggle of representation into the forefront of social art practice both in the UK and abroad.

Claire Mead is an art historian and independent curator whose current research has focused on experimental film within the art museum, and has extended to consider feminist and queer film and visual arts practices and the way they are curated in the museum, exploring issues surrounding diversity and tokenism in the field. She also works as a consultant for emerging artists in Paris, while continuing to write as an art critic on her blog, “Art is a Conversation”.

Jessie McLaughlin is self-proclaimed amateur artist and footballer working from a queer, brown (sometimes sad) perspective, foregrounding emotional experiences and proposing these as valid methods of research. Currently they are doing an ARHC funded partnership PhD between Goldsmiths, University of London and Tate researching how to queer and decolonise the space of the art museum through working with young people.

Kevin Jesuino is a Portuguese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist. His works spans the performing arts, visual art and participatory social art practices. His interests lie in socially engaged/relational art practices that intersect between the visual and performance art forms while bringing to the forefront the voices of the marginalized (both artist and non-artist) and speak of contemporary world issues. 

www.jessiemclaughlin.co.uk

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