AirSpace Gallery joins with a-n - The Artist's Information Company
to present a day of talks and workshops focused on The Artist and Activism
Launched in 2017, this popular series of day-long events is led by locally based artists to provide a regional resonance that supports a-n’s members and local artist communities. Built around a chosen theme, they feature a variety of conversation, workshops, artist-led tours, networking and debate. Participants can also expect to hear from a-n about the practical ways we support artists.
Assembly Stoke-on-Trent focuses on activism in the arts and the artist as activist, activator and change maker. Taking place across several venues around the city, this day-long event aims to discuss and make more visible the work that artists do within this context, whilst also exploring the sometimes hidden labour associated with the making of things and with making things happen. Assembly Stoke-on-Trent will create space to talk about how we balance our lives with the work that we do.
Led by Anna Francis
and Rebecca Davies
from The Portland Inn Project
, a series of provocations, discussions, hands on actions and social activity will raise questions and create space to explore answers together around a set of themes which include some of the most urgent issues of our time for artists and humans.
Themes and concerns include:
Environment and Sustainable Practices
: What if we only work where we live?
Housing and Property
: What are the best ways to tool up, educate ourselves and work together to protect what is ours? Exploring methods to create people-led, collaborative visions for the future of public ‘property’.
Living as Practice
: The role of the artist in society. The responsible artist has the weight of the world on their shoulders, but this can be exhausting – how do we balance that?
: ‘Shaking the table’ and creating space to discuss issues of equality and diversity activism in the arts.
Venue: AirSpace Gallery, 4 Broad St, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HL and various venues around the city.
Welcome and introduction to the day
11am – 11.30am
Setting the Scene
11.30am – 12.45pm
12.45pm – 1.45pm
Vegan and gluten free options will be available.
2pm – 3.15pm 1st workshop
3.30pm – 4.45pm 2nd workshop
Attendees are invited to sign up for two of the four workshop sessions.
Workshop A: Lydia Catterall
– Environment and Sustainable Practice
Workshop B: Clare Reynolds
(Restoke) – Living as Practice
Workshop C: Gemma Holyoak
and Michael Kennedy
– Housing and Property
Workshop D: Jessica Longmore
and Sarah Taylor Silverwood
Screenprinting with NTRPRNRS
2pm – 5pm
An all-afternoon drop-in (for anyone not wanting to do a workshop).
Provocation and Discussion
5pm – 7pm
End: Social at AirSpace
7pm – 9pm
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