06 | 09 | 2021

Kekee Manzil - House of Art

Join me on Sunday 19 September to watch the premier of this wonderful feature documentary that interweaves personal testimony with rare historical and 8mm family archive to tell the story of how a modern art movement was born alongside the new nation of India. 

If you are interested in modern Indian art, or in India’s recent cultural history and its impact on the city once known as Bombay, then this is a film for you.  With contributions from Salman Rushdie and Anish Kapoor and music by Talvin Singh.

Following the film there will be an opportunity to take part in a Q&A with Producer Behroze Ghandy, Director/Editor Dilesh Korya and Executive producer Michael Poole.  To book tickets, go to the Arnolfini website here.

15 | 06 | 2021

Is the future of public art online?

Join us on Thursday 17 June at midday for this fourth and final event in the series Assembly, 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.

We’ve spent the last year interacting with the world through our screens. Is this the point at which ‘public art’ becomes something that is primarily experienced through the digital world, rather than in the ‘physical’ world?

Has the non-hierarchical, expansive world of the internet overtaken the increasingly privatised and co-opted world of the ‘public realm’? Can public art commissioning build on this expanded form of public space?

Is the future of public art online? is chaired by Siddarth Khajuria, Senior Producer at Barbican. Speakers include Soledad Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Executive Producer at st_age (TBA21), and Penny Rafferty, member, and co-founder of Black Swan DAO.

All Assembly events will take place in The Hall, UP Projects’ digital participation space.  Sign up here.

Assembly has been developed by UP Projects in collaboration with Public Art Network UK (PAN) and is generously supported by The Art Fund. The programme has been put together by Jes Fernie, Elisabeth Del Prete, Theresa Bergne and Emma Underhill.

21 | 05 | 2021

Are curators still relevant?

Join us for Are curators still relevant? the third of a series of events as part of Assembly, 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.

In a field where activism, community involvement and participation play an increasingly important role in the way projects are developed, do curators need to rethink their roles?

If we consider the expanded field of public art (including performance, experimental writing, and digital projects), are curators equipped with the tools to do their job imaginatively and practically? How is the burgeoning growth of curating courses affecting the sector?

This event will be made up of five short presentations by invited curators, who will reflect on how their role has changed, and how they foresee it changing in future years.

Are curators still relevant? is chaired by Jes Fernie, independent curator and writer. Speakers include Laurie Peake, Director: Super Slow Way; Kiera Blakey, Head of Exhibitions: Nottingham Contemporary; Bolanle Tajudeen, Independent curator and art adviser; Rachel Anderson, caretaker: Idle Women and Cedar Lewisohn, Curator, Site Design: Southbank Centre.

All Assembly events will take place in The Hall, UP Projects’ digital participation space.  Sign up for free to book a space by following the link.

Assembly has been developed by UP Projects in collaboration with Public Art Network UK (PAN) and is generously supported by The Art Fund. The programme has been put together by Jes Fernie, Elisabeth Del Prete, Theresa Bergne and Emma Underhill.

29 | 04 | 2021

What is Collaboration?

Join us for What is collaboration? the second of a series of events as part of Assembly, 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.

The further we move into a sphere of practice that places collaboration and co-creation at its heart, the more urgent questions relating to ethics become. Is it ok for curators and artists to receive a fee for a collaborative project that is co-authored with members of a community, while those members remain unremunerated? Is our work empowering or tokenistic? Who is the ‘author’ of these projects and what do we mean by ‘participation’, ‘collaboration’, ‘engagement’ and ‘co-creation’? How murky are these terms and who do they serve?

What is collaboration? is chaired by Matteo Lucchetti, Curator, art historian and writer at Visible Project. Speakers include Samra Mayanja, artist and writer whose work spans writing, performance and film and Kerry Campbell, Sheffield based independent contemporary art curator.

Assembly has been developed by UP Projects in collaboration with Public Art Network UK (PAN) and is generously supported by The Art Fund. The programme has been put together by Jes Fernie, Elisabeth Del Prete, Theresa Bergne and Emma Underhill.

All Assembly events will take place in The Hall, UP Projects’ digital participation space.

19 | 03 | 2021

Who has agency?  Whose voices are heard?

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.

For more information go to the Up Projects website.  You can join the discussion on March 30th at 12 by registering for a ticket here.

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