Delighted to announce the first in our series of four discussions as part of Assembly, presented by Public Art Network UK and Up Projects, an online learning and development programme for curators, producers and public art practitioners that explore issues and good practice in relation to the expanded field of public art.
Diversity, access and inclusion have become buzzwords in the field of public art, but it remains stubbornly undiverse and alien to many. How can we change this to ensure that the work we produce is inclusive and relevant to a diverse public?
This event will be chaired by Amanprit Sandhu, and includes Linda Rocco and Roseanna Dias.
Amanprit Sandhu is a London-based curator and educator with a focus on commissioning, performance-based practices and collaborative approaches to working. Linda is a contemporary art curator and PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art. Roseanna Dias is a Bristol based producer, curator and facilitator and works with the youth-led creative agency Rising Arts.
UP Projects and the Public Art Network (PAN), UK launch Assembly, a programme of four online events exploring critical issues and methodologies in the expanded field of public art.
Assembly places a strong emphasis on the role public art can play in raising awareness and effecting change on issues around racial discrimination, political polarization, and community cohesion.
The programme is aimed specifically at curators, artists, commissioners, and people working in public contexts, but will also be open to members of the general public.
To find out more please go to the Up Projects website.
Public Art Network (PAN), UK is an emerging network for contemporary visual arts curators, managers and producers working in the public realm in the UK. It offers a sector-specialist network with a wide reach and convening power. It aims to be inclusive with equal emphasis on curators, managers and producers; and recognises the diversity of practitioners who have arrived at commissioning from varied situations. Its focus on internal professional development will be balanced by external advocacy and connections to artists, commissioners and the public.
This programme is generously supported by the Arts Fund
DIY Arts is a peer to peer network for people in Bristol who work in the cultural sector to share thinking, advocate our needs to funders and policy makers and support each other.
DIY is formed of working groups where knowledge is shared and shaped. The groups focus on different areas of the sector, from advocating for work and making space for artists, to international working and networks.
We gather together for two group meetings a year, for networking, updates on working groups and to look at how we can do more collectively than on our own by joining up activity and to address any urgent needs for advocacy and there is an annual DIY summer gathering to celebrate the cultural sector.
A committee exists to ensure the network functions as efficiently as it can and to interface with Bristol City Council and its cultural strategy and the wider WECA (West of England Combined Authority) Cultural Strategy.
The committee is made up of volunteers including representatives from each working group. Theresa Bergne of Field Art Projects is a member, and if you’d like further information please contact her.
If you’d like to sign up to the DIY Arts mailing list and be alerted to future meetings and events, please follow the LINK.
A new series of artist commissions arrive at Paintworks in Bristol proposed by Field Art Projects. Exuberant and colourful, international artists Jacob Dahlgren, Flore Nove Josserand and Sinta Tantra have created works that respond to the history of the site at the time it was a paint and varnish factory and complement a new area of housing designed by architects Stride Treglown for developers Crest Nicholson. Pictured here are The Visitors by Flore Nove Josserand.
We’re delighted to see Janet Cardiff’s internationally acclaimed sound installation, Forty Part Motet, come to the southwest as part of Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall until September 2018. Originally produced by Field Art Projects in 1999, Cardiff reworked Thomas Tallis’ remarkable choral piece Spem in allium by recording each of the forty voices individually and playing them back through their own speaker. You can experience the work from 25 May to 27 August at the Richmond Chapel in Penzance, presented by Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange. Further details here.