Because weâ€™re worth it - A national summit on participatory arts
22 March 2012, 9:30—16:00, ICA, London
Posted by Connected Culture
£15 per person (to cover minimum costs)
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Because we’re worth it! is an important national Summit exploring and celebrating the value of participatory arts, held 22 March at the ICA in London.
Participatory arts have the power to change people’s lives for the better; provide connections, experiences and rich stories.
The UK’s participatory arts scene is constantly changing, innovating, developing, celebrating, exploring and recording fantastic and ground breaking work.
Contributors confirmed so far are Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of The RSA, National Theatre Wales, Streetwise Opera, Helix Arts, London Bubble, Entelechy Arts, Spare Tyre, Clean Break, Bealtine, University College London, Charnwood Arts, East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum, The Consortium of Participatory Arts Learning, London Arts in Health Forum, Project Phakama, The Baring Foundation, Staffordshire University, Camila Fiori and ArtWorks/Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
This is a call to everyone working in, with or around the participatory arts to come and be counted and engage with what promises to be one of the most influential events of the year.
The Summit will provide 2012’s platform to network, find out more and exchange practice.There is a rich story which needs to be told to a wider audience. The Summit will unearth the stories, skills and shared values that lie behind our practice as participatory artists.
This national Summit is being hosted as a collaboration between mailout.co - the UK’s national online resource for participatory arts and connectedculture, the London based network celebrating adult participatory arts.
9.30am – 10.00am: Registration
Throughout the day our artist in residence, Camila Fiori (aka Damsel Dusty), invites you to engage in an Interactive Brainstorm In A Tea-Cup on participatory art.
10.00am – 10.30am: Welcome & warm up
• Welcome by Arti Prashar (Connected Culture) and Robert Howell (mailout.co)
• An operatic warm up, Rob Gildon (Streetwise Opera)
10.30am – 11.15am: Thoughts for the day
• Matthew Taylor (RSA - Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
• Devinda De Silva, Gavin Porter and Ali Goolyad (National Theatre Wales)
11.15am - 11.30am: Tea break
11.30am – 12.30pm: SESSION ONE
1. DISCUSSION: Great art or good intentions? Peer review and critical conversations
A discussion bringing together learning from Connected Culture’s recent piloting of Peer Review within the context of participatory arts practice, Helix Art’s recent work developing a qualitative framework and a perspective on how critical conversations are undertaken in the science world.
Jonathan Petherbridge (London Bubble) Caroline Joyner (independent artist), Jocelyn Cunningham (RSA), David Slater (Entelechy Arts), Toby Lowe (Helix Arts), Professor Martin Orrell (University College London). Chair: Elizabeth Lynch (Participation and Learning Producer)
Seventeen Minutes by Clean Break
Seventeen Minutes. Four Women. One Crime. Two choices…
Written by Chloë Moss, Seventeen Minutes was originally commissioned as part of Clean Break’s CHARGED season at Soho Theatre. Performed by former Clean Break students, the show is set in the minutes leading up to a crime and explores the potential impact of the offence and notions of control (or not) over one’s destiny.
Dance by DJ by Spare Tyre artist Housni Hasan
Choreographed and performed by Housni Hasan for Spare Tyre’s I’m an Artist – let me in! showcase of performances by Artists with learning disabilities. Housni is an inspirational dancer, choreographer and workshop leader whose brand of street dance comes with a smile and sense of fun.
3. DUSCUSSION: Developing practice - The role of the artist
A discussion bringing together divergent frameworks and cutting edge practice from across the regions of the UK.
Frances Rifkin (author of The Radical Ethical Framework), Naomi Whitman (Consortium of Participatory Arts Learning), Kevin Ryan (Charnwood Arts/EMPAF) Chair: Susanne Burns (ArtWorks, Paul Hamlyn Foundation)
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm: SESSION TWO
1. PERFORMANCES: Seventeen Minutes by Clean Break and Dance by DJ by Spare Tyre artist Housni Hasan
2. FILMS: Participatory Arts On Screen
3. WORKSHOP: Arts and health and Participatory Practice
Participation in the context of arts and health work is constantly evolving. This session considers new developments in participation in this area of work and considers what we can learn from participatory evaluation findings which have emerged from recent projects. It will include an opportunity to find out more about participatory arts and health work and the networks which are supporting and researching its development.
Mark Webster and Janet Heatherington (Staffordshire University), Belinda Sosinowicz (London Arts in Health Forum)
2.30pm - 2.45pm: Tea break
2.45pm – 3.45pm: The afternoon panel discussion
“Telling a richer story about the value of participatory arts”
Panel discussion chaired by Kate Organ (Baring Foundation). Panellists include Fabio Santos (Project Phakama), Dominic Campbell (Bealtine), Susanne Burns (ArtWorks, Paul Hamlyn Foundation).
3.45pm – 4.00pm: closing comments