Thinking Critically About Society: Perspectives from the Arts and Humanities is a day long workshop to take place on Thursday 5th May 2016 at the University of York.
Thinking Critically aims to create a space where postgraduate researchers can share their research in a friendly environment and discuss how arts and humanities researchers can make an impact on the world around them through critical research.
I shall be presenting a paper titled 'Disrupting status: inclusive curatorship and its political potential' during the panel 'Thinking Critically about Culture'.
The timetable for the event is now available. Book your free tickets here.
"We are holding a one-day symposium reprising the conversations begun at the ArtWorks 2013 conference, Changing the Conversation.There will be presentations from the exciting pilot projects commissioned after the conference, as well as plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate between artists, academics, employers and commissioners."
Yesterday I was invited to speak at the Artworks symposium, sharing the outcomes of the development grant I worked on with PRIA Arts. The development grant supported us to create 'PAC: Participatory Arts Connect'. The PAC aims t to be a national network linking practice and training within the participatory arts sector, supporting students from HEI's to connect with 'real time' participatory arts projects across the UK.
Including the PAC, seven projects presented their findings and we also heard from Artworks pathway project leaders. It was great to hear about participatory practice taking place across the UK, and particularly from projects facing similar barriers to the pilot I completed. It seems that to simply offer participatory arts opportunities for students in Higher Educational settings is simply not enough and presents a growth area. More work needs to be done in developing safe and supported ways for students to feel able to take up on opportunities. To be continued!
You can now read case studies of these grants.