Friday 22 September, 10:00-16.30
Free, booking essential. Book here.
‘Art, Public & The Commons’ offers a day of discussions and workshops exploring art in public space, with a focus on themes of imagination, histories, borders and the commons. It follows on from two intensive labs in Bangalore and Nottingham bringing together collectives and artists working with public space, participation and social change across India, the UK and Europe.
Through talks and workshops, the symposium will invite conversations on arts practice in relation to public space and ‘moments of publicness’, developing themes from the labs. We’ll explore questions of exclusion and inclusion in terms of identity, architecture and social structures and look at the ways arts practice can create space for collective imagining. We’ll be sharing ways of working with diverse place-based histories and stories, asking – what do places inherit, what is preserved and what is rendered invisible? Through the symposium we are interested in looking at how ideas of the commons and practices of commoning inform organisations, and sharing tools and models for working in the public realm.
Drinks and lunch will be provided, we will be asking for a £5 contribution on the day.
Please note the schedule is subject to change, as some sessions will emerge from the two-day lab immediately beforehand
10–10.30am: Arrival, tea and coffee
10.30–11am: Introduction – Sharing outcomes from the Labs in Bangalore and Nottingham. Questions to frame the day.
11am–12.30pm: Parallel sessions:
- Who’s the Public in Public Space? – stories of (in)visible boundaries around class, race and gender in art & public space.
- Commoning knowledge – What do we mean by ‘the commons’ and what resources can we share?
- City Toolbox – An online tool for sharing methods for transforming the city. Practical workshop on uploading content + developing the project.
12.30–1pm: Feedback from parallel sessions
1–2pm: Lunch – provided by Small Food Bakery
2–3.30pm: Presentations & Panel discussion with Maraa, Primary and Idle Women
3.30-4pm: Q&A / Discussion
4-4.30pm: Summing up / closing remarks
5pm: Figure Ground Book Launch - Figure Ground launch a publication and website based on their 2014-15 Public Art Road Trip, that saw the collective travel the UK with a caravan, interviewing 30 artists who work in public space about their practice.
Contributing groups and artists: Maraa (Bangalore), ZK/U - Centre for Art & Urbanistics (Berlin), Idle Women (North West England), Social Housing Arts Network (Manchester), In Certain Places (Preston), CCA (Glasgow), Ian Nesbitt (Sheffield), Figure Ground and Nottingham-based Sam Metz, Jo Wheeler, Jagdish Patel, and Anti Gallery.
Related events & research:
Art, Public + The Commons Lab, 20–21 September
Asian Activism: Walk & Exhibition, Saturday 23 September
Art in Public Space Lab 1, Reflections by Sumona Chakravarty (blog)
Art as/is Social: The Commons, by Lianne Mol (blog)
This event is part of Primary’s Making Place Programme, supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Here, There and Everywhere, supported by funding from Arts Council England as part of a cultural exchange programme between the UK and India.