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Lab: 'Pt.2 The Walking Lab: Meet, Walk, Share, Collect, Gather!' - Sally Labern
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00
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Lab: 'Pt.2 The Walking Lab: Meet, Walk, Share, Collect, Gather!' - Sally Labern

pt.2 17:00 - 18:00 Discussion at Access Space

The lab will culminate in a gathering at the Social Art Summit where Sally Labern will co-host an exchange with wider delegates around how mobile structures can enable communities to explore, experience, value differences, and develop and share critical cultural perspectives on process.

Guest artist Sally Barker, Studio Polpo and Up Projects will join Sally Labern from the Drawing shed in facilitating the lab.

www.thedrawingshed.org

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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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Presentation: Kevin Caplicki co-founder of Interference Archive, Brooklyn.
Nov
1
4:15 PM16:15

Presentation: Kevin Caplicki co-founder of Interference Archive, Brooklyn.

  • Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre (room 12.0.06) (map)
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Free and open to all.

Register your interest via: Eventbrite

Bloc Projects‘ Public Programme Curator Kerry Campbell, alongside Social Arts Network,  Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN) are delighted to welcome guest speaker Kevin Caplicki, co-founder of Interference Archive‘ (IA) based in Brooklyn, NY to share the incredible work of IA as part of Sheffield Hallam University’s ‘Gravity’ lecture series.

Interference Archive (IA) is a radical open source and entirely volunteer ran activist archive based in Brooklyn and founded in 2001. The archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements, manifesting as an open stacks archival collection featuring a study centre and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and badges, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials.

Through their programming, IA use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilising for social transformation, considering the use of their collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalised in mainstream institutions.

As an all-volunteer organisation, the local community are welcome and encouraged to shape the collection and programming; creating a space where all volunteers can learn from each other and develop new skills. The archive works in collaboration with like-minded projects, encouraging critical as well as creative engagement with contemporary histories and current struggles.   

www.interferencearchive.org

This talk forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.


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Lab: 'New Ways of Seeing, Telling and Making: Addressing Barriers to Participation for BAME Communities' - Elsa James
Nov
1
4:00 PM16:00
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Lab: 'New Ways of Seeing, Telling and Making: Addressing Barriers to Participation for BAME Communities' - Elsa James

Taking the 'Creative Case for Diversity' report as 'a provocation' this lab will ask a series of profound questions about how we can genuinely address barriers to participation and involvement in the arts for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Delegates will be invited to participate anonymously in a voting booth to answer a set of pre-written questions on postcards that will form the basis of a conversation with Elsa James, guest artist Priya Mistry and Dawn Walton, Founder/Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company.


www.elsajames.com

(Image Credit: Amaal Said)

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Open Call: 'Group Therapy for Social Practice Artists' - Davina Drummond
Nov
1
3:45 PM15:45

Open Call: 'Group Therapy for Social Practice Artists' - Davina Drummond

Group Therapy for Social Practice Artists (it’s cheaper than individual therapy!)

Do you ever question how social art practice is valued in the wider art world? Do you ever feel your practice is considered second rate to exhibition artists? Do you ever wonder or get asked whether what you do is actually even art? Do you make ‘social practice art’ as a way to support your ‘own’ practice? Do you feel emotionally exhausted from the psychologically taxing nature of your work?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then this session is for you! Come and spend an hour with Davina using 'art therapy' techniques to reflect on these questions and explore how we as artists can support ourselves and each other whilst strengthening the role of art and social practice in the UK and beyond.

www.davinadrummond.co.uk

Image: Davina Drummond, The Big Celebration Cake, Commissioned by Tall Tales, 2010


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Lab: 'pt.1 The Walking Lab: Meet, Walk, Share, Collect, Gather!' - Sally Labern
Nov
1
2:30 PM14:30
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Lab: 'pt.1 The Walking Lab: Meet, Walk, Share, Collect, Gather!' - Sally Labern

pt.1 14:30 - 16:30, Meet at Tingas Tinsley

Meet at Tingas, a new community/environmental space in Tinsley, North Sheffield to drink tea before walking in to the city centre with The Drawing Shed’s new mobile art structure dS2, designed by Studio Polpo with artist Sally Barker.

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pt.2 17:00 - 18:00 Discussion at Access Space

Walking a route along the canal delegates will take part in easy conversations with local people, scientists, artists and environmental activists whilst collecting a ‘Field of Evidence’ along the way including water samples, knowledge, found objects and sounds.

The lab will culminate in a gathering at the Social Art Summit where Sally Labern will co-host an exchange with wider delegates around how mobile structures can enable communities to explore, experience, value differences, and develop and share critical cultural perspectives on process.

Guest artist Sally Barker, Studio Polpo and Up Projects will join Sally Labern from the Drawing shed in facilitating the lab.

www.thedrawingshed.org


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Lab: 'Social Art Practice in Higher Education' - Loraine Leeson & Roxane Permar
Nov
1
2:15 PM14:15
Labs, PM

Lab: 'Social Art Practice in Higher Education' - Loraine Leeson & Roxane Permar

This lab will explore the position of social art practice in higher education from a range of social and cultural perspectives. Artists from four institutions, including the universities of Highlands & Islands, Middlesex and Goldsmiths and Limerick School of Art and Design, will share experiences of implementing postgraduate programmes in their institutions. 

Through both contentious and practical questioning conversations will address:

How do we get it into the institutions? Can the subject survive within the curriculum without compromise to principles and values? Once inside, how do we keep it there?  Do we want social art practice embedded in the institutions? What benefit will the field gain from inclusion in higher education? How can social art practice benefit the institution? And what can the institution give practitioners?

www.cspace.org.uk

www.roxanepermar.com

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Open Call: 'Let's Make A Game!' - Anna Horton Cremin
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

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

Let's Make a Game!

‘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.

Come along and help make a new game for the Social Art Summit.

www.annahortoncremin.com

Photo credit: Andy Ford


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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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Open Call: 'From Objects of Transgression to Spaces of Communication...' - Gil Mualem-Doron
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Open Call: 'From Objects of Transgression to Spaces of Communication...' - Gil Mualem-Doron

From Objects of Transgression to Spaces of Communication: the case of The New Union Flag and SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon)

In this illustrated talk  & workshop Gil Mualem-Doron will present his practice with a focus on the New Union Flag Project, now entering its 5th year. He will also present SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon, founded in 2016 in his living room. Recently, the project has developed into a much larger exhibition space and talk programme at the Black and Ethnic Minorities centre in Brighton.

www.gildoron.co.uk


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Open Call: 'Organisational Diagrams for Everyday Lives of Socially Engaged Artists' - Helen Stratford
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Open Call: 'Organisational Diagrams for Everyday Lives of Socially Engaged Artists' - Helen Stratford

What do you do everyday? How do you organise your daily life? Is it productive?

Recently, while working with communities whose existence has been deemed without ‘economic justification,’ Helen has been exploring what makes a ‘productive’ life.

Equipped with a library of architectural / diagrammatic books alongside self-help guides, such as ‘DOING IT NOW!’ and ‘GETTING IT DONE!,’ light boxes, drawing tables, and flow chart templates, Helen is inviting delegates to join her in making diagrams of day-to-day challenges and routines.

Playing with pie charts, flow charts, colour charts, bar charts and other organisational devices, this session will bring everyday, yet personally unique routines together with the measured ways that try to organise our daily existence; critiquing those organising devices that promise to "change you to who you really want to be."

www.helenstratford.co.uk

Image: ‘Doing Make Up’ - Helen Stratford


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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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Open Call: 'The Temporary Tattoo Parlour' - GOSH Arts and Davina Drummond
Nov
1
12:30 PM12:30

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: '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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