SOCIAL ART SUMMIT
An Artist-Led Review of Socially Engaged Arts Practice in the UK and Beyond
1st & 2nd November 2018, Sheffield
Convened by Social Art Network
Over two-days artists from around the country will come together to share practice, showcase
work and explore what it means to be making art through social engagement right now?
Artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, funders and sectors
working in the social realm are invited to join the conversation through a series of events at Site
Gallery and other venues around the city.
Through building a network, showcasing practice and expanding dialogue, the Summit will
develop agency in the field of art and social practice and test the ground for launching a Social
Art Biennale in 2020.
Ten years of severe austerity measures together with the wider divisive political climate has
triggered a sense of urgency for conversations around the impact on communities. We are
interested in questioning, what kind of society do we want to live in and what roles can artists
SOCIAL ART NETWORK
In 2016 artist and filmmaker Eelyn Lee was selected by Artquest to convene a group of artists
with socially engaged practices to form a Peer Forum at Peckham Platform. These sessions,
with twelve artists, triggered urgent conversations around the need to de-marginalise the
practice, leading to the idea for the Social Art Summit.
In 2017 Eelyn and fellow peer forum artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus [Marcelo] co-founded Social
Art Network (SAN), a base from which to realize these ideas. Eelyn and Marcelo are working
collaboratively to co-convene the Social Art Summit; build an artist-led network; expand
dialogue and develop the first ever Social Art Biennale. SAN aims to build agency for artists
and communities making art through social engagement whilst developing new audiences for
the work both nationally and internationally.
Sheffield based artist Ian Nesbitt is this year’s guest co-convener of the Social Art Summit.
Social Art Network has been developed through the volunteer labour of artists interested in
Over the next two days...
The core of the programme is a series themed artist-led labs. The idea behind the labs is to create frameworks for dialogue that reflect an artists’ practice. Eight artists have been invited by SAN to devise 2 hour labs around a specified theme. Guests contribute to the Lab including professionals working in the field of arts and the social realm.
16 artists were selected from over 100 submissions who will run workshops, lead discussions
and share practice in a diverse range of ways including Davina Drummond and her Temporary
Tattoo Parlour; Kerry Morrison’s invitation to discuss ethics and Ania Bas sharing a card game
that helps players think and critically about practice.
Discuss & Exchange
In this programme strand delegates are invited to join conversations initiated by presentations
On Day 1 a welcome note by Co-conveners Eelyn Lee and R.M. Sánchez-Camus (Marcelo), with Guest-Convener Ian Nesbitt will welcome delegates and contextualise the event. On Day 2 Rasheed Phillips of Black Quantum Futurism presents Re-Imagining the City. All Delegates encouraged to attend.
Key films from selections of artists from SAN and Open Call running throughout the screening room times
Food & Drink
Lunch provided by Open Kitchen a weekly community event focused on providing food, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, those in need in the wider community. Drinks receptions include the launch of Social Works?:Open with contributing writers reading selections of text.
3-7 Sidney St, S1 4RG
4 Sylvester St, S1 4RN
21 Eyre St, S1 4QW
Persistence Works - Yorkshire Artspace
21 Brown St, S1 2BS
S1 Artspace (former building)
21-24 South Street
Park Hill Flats Hyde Park S2 5QX
S1 Artspace [gallery]
1 Norwich St, S2 5PN
Sheffield Hallam University
Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre (Room 12.0.06)
Charles Street S1 2ND
1 Brown Street, S1 2BS
202 Eyre Street, S1 4QZ
108 The Moor
108 The Moor, S1 4PD
12 Exchange St, S2 5TS
Church St, S1 1HA
Out of City Centre:
Siemens Close, S9 1UN
Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Main Atrium, Clarkson St, S10 2TQ
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Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. If you wish to speak to someone please address emails to our access co-ordinator Ian Nesbitt, and leave a telephone number.
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Safer Spaces Policy
Social Art Network is committed to dialogue, active listening, cooperation, sharing, solidarity and empathy in developing the voice of artists and creative practitioners in the sector. With a commitment to diversity SAN seeks to include all artists and creative practitioners dedicated to socially engaged practice regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age and national status, and any areas where each of these might intersect. Through the Social Art Summit we operate and conduct our presentations and discussions in a safe welcoming space both online and in real time. Our guidelines for the Summit are inspired by the Occupy movement and suggestions for improvement are always welcome. SAN has made every effort to make the event spaces and timetable as accessible as possible to the widest range of people.
Racism, as well as ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation, language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation is neither accepted or welcome.
Both physical and emotional boundaries must be respected including explicit verbal consent before engaging in any physical contact with someone or crossing personal boundaries.
Bring an awareness of the space you hold, the positions and privileges you bring, including racial, class and gender privilege and how these may affect others.
Never make assumptions on the opinions and identifications of other participants without kindly asking first and then engaging in active listening.
Make every effort in your interactions with others to not judge, look down on another or enter into competition.
Be aware of the language you use in discussions and exchanges and how this relate to others.
Work together to foster a spirit of mutual respect: Listen to the wisdom everyone has to share.
Give generously to each person the time and space to speak and share their thoughts and ideas. In discussions raise your hand to speak, do not interrupt others, and be kind with your words.
'Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.'
There agreements are shared by attending the Social Art Summit. If someone violates these agreements a discussion or mediation process can happen with the help of another delegate, depending on the wishes of the person who was violated. If a serious violation happens to the extent that someone feels unsafe, the offending party can be asked to leave the space and/or event all together. Those present can nominate the person or process that can mediate if needed.
Adhering to these agreements are a collective responsibility and everyone is individually responsible for checking their own behaviour.
The dream of the Social Art Summit is to pilot the world's first Social Art Biennale.
In preparations for this Tate Exchange will host a post-Summit Tank planning session in the Spring of 2018 to work through the themes, conversations, debates and points that emerge and with them prepare the groundwork for the Social Art Biennale in 2020.
Dates and times will be announced to delegates through our mailing list. All delegates will be welcome to attend and bring their collective thinking, imagination, energy and goodwill to help make this a reality.
See you in 2019
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This year’s Social Art Summit would not be possible without the generosity and support of our funders and partners