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Save the Date for Dialogues – Towards Change

3rd Jul 2019

CVAN South East announces a series of three consultative seminars taking place across the South East region, to explore themes of equality, rights and representation in the visual arts. The three Dialogues will champion positive change in the visual arts ecology by showcasing best practice and informing the development of a new phase in the network’s activity.

The listening exercise has been borne out of a profound recognition that the visual arts sector in the South East has some way to go to reflect the local population in its leadership, workforce, programmes and audiences. Joint action to close this gap was recently reaffirmed as a strategic priority for the network, putting its weight behind the mounting call from a diversity of artists, organisations and art lovers. These events are the next step in translating this ongoing commitment into concerted action and lasting change.

The programme is being devised and delivered in partnership with network members and through consultation and cooperation with a range of groups including those who exemplify best practice in community engagement. It has been made possible with financial support from Arts Council England.

Save the Date:
Saturday 9 November – Artist Placemaking – Phoenix Brighton
Wednesday 20 November – Inclusive Practice – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Monday 2 December – Participative Institutions – Modern Art Oxford

Dialogue 1: Artist Placemaking is being developed in partnership with Brighton based organisations Fabrica, Lighthouse and with Phoenix Brighton who will host the event on Saturday 9 November. The event will examine the artist’s role in placemaking through the creation of a richer and more diverse arts community, with reference to the creative population within the Greater Brighton area, using the city as a case study to provoke wider discussion.

Project Art Works and MK Gallery are partnering on Dialogue 2: Inclusive Practice, which is being held at MK Gallery on Wednesday 20 November as part of the EXPLORERS National Conference. The seminar will provide space for a number of neurodivergent artists to talk about their work and support needs. Speakers from agencies that address different kinds of exclusion will explore successful and less successful experiences of interactions with cultural organisations. BOOK TICKETS HERE.

Finally, Dialogue 3: Participative Institutions, will be hosted by Modern Art Oxford on Monday 2 December, investigating participatory models for cultural institutions and the leadership role they might play as agencies for change. It will ask how organisations can be made relevant to a wider section of society, remove barriers to participation and shift hierarchical or exclusive cultures.

The seminars are open to all arts professionals, artists, and stakeholders in the South East to participate in. Tickets will be released later in the Summer. Look out for updates on this website, on our social media channels and in the newsletter.

Image: Sam Smith and John at MK Gallery, 2019 © Project Art Works.

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