Critical Conversations on Participatory Arts
Posted by Toby Lowe on 04 April 2012
Helix Arts has been devleoping ways for artists who undertake participatory work to engage with one another about their practice. It's an attempt to provide a space for artists to be able to reflect on and share their practice with other artists and interested professionals, and to have the kind of conversations and debates which help everyone to improve the way they work.
We call this model "Critical Conversations". We undertook one such session as part of the Wunderbar festival in Newcastle last year. It features 3 artists who have very different types of participatory practice: Claire Webster Saaremets (from Skimstone Arts - talking about the 'Fish & the Yesterday Song' project she did with Helix Arts), Rajni Shah (talking about her work Glorious at the Wunderbar Festival), and Theatre Replacement from Canada, describing their "predatory" (their words, not mine!) participatory practice.
Come and check it out, and please feel free to comment and join in the debate: