Artists Make Change
Discussion Reports

June, 2020

A series of 5 group discussions held in response to 5 Artist Make Change Case Studies, which looked to explore and expand on the themes of the presentations in more detail. The discussions all took place online, on Zoom in June, 2020, and looked at 5 distinct themes. Each discussion was facilitated by key expert individuals, invited for their specific area knowledge.
Links to reports for the discussions can be found under each discussion info.



DISCUSSION #1
Making Change through Unionisation
facilitated by KATRIONA BEALES
June 8th, 2pm - 3.30pm

Do you feel unrepresented? Do you ever feel that no-one hears your voice? Are you in need of a support structure? In this facilitated discussion, we explored:
underlying principles of unionisation
do artists need to unionise?
what are the benefits and what are the challenges?
solidarity - can it work in the arts?
and more!

DISCUSSION REPORT
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Katriona Beales is an internationally exhibited artist whose work responds to the social implications of new technologies, mental health and digital culture. In 2018 she exhibited new commissions supported by ACE at the V&A and Science Gallery London. Recent exhibitions include 'You're in a computer game, Max!' currently online at SKELF. Katriona received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts supported by a Stanley Picker Award. She is one of the founding members of Artists' Union England.

This discussion session ran in response to a PRESENTATION by members of The United Voices of the World Union's Design and Creative Workers Branch



DISCUSSION #2
Making Change through Political Representation
facilitated by ROSS JARDINE
June 10th 7pm - 8.30pm

Should artists be involved in the political system? How can artists be political representatives? What are the challenges facing artists as politicians? In this discussion, facilitated by Ross Jardine, an elected representative on the Greater London Authority, we explored:
how art and politics mix
how to become a political representative
how artists can benefit the political process
how can you mix an art practice with being a poltical representative
and more!

DISCUSSION REPORT
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Ross Jardine is an artist with an interest in administrative and policy-making structures, specifically their often overlooked but vital role within institutions and everyday life. He works at the Greater London Authority as a political and policy advisor. Jardine collaborates with Andrea Francke as part of Future of the Left, which is currently developing an evaluation framework for the Gasworks Galley’s participatory residency programme: Connecting Communities. He works with Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau on Radio Anti, a temporary FM and digital radio station that hosts conversations and develops research on ‘how things come to be’.

This discussion session ran in response to a PRESENTATION by Lena Šimić and Tim Jeeves.



DISCUSSION #3
Making Change through Institutions and Archival Spaces
facilitated by Caroline Gausden
June 12th 2pm - 3.30pm

Do you wonder how and where activist work fits within gallery environments? Or, what the curatorial channels are between campaigning and exhibition? In this discussion, facilitated by Glasgow Women's Library's Caroline Gausden, we explored:
effective campaigns and protests
the challenges of working in campaign and protest
does campaigning and protesting really achieve change?
how to bring the campaign into the Institution
does the institution have a role to play in campaign and protest work
and more!

DISCUSSION REPORT
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Caroline Gausden is a writer and curator based in Glasgow with a research focus on the convergence between intersectional feminist conceptions of hospitality, the archive and political art practices. She has a practice based PhD in Social Art Practices as Feminist Manifestos from Gray’s School of Art and currently works as a Development worker for Programming, Curating, Partnerships and Participation at Glasgow Women’s Library. Recent writing includes commissions for the Lux Scotland and The National Library of Scotland. Curated exhibitions include Performing Advocacy with Tanja Ostojic and Jonathan Baxter, Home Where home is Not with Birthe Jorgensen and Sogol Mabadi and A Spoon is the Safest Vessel with Juliane Foronda, Kirsty Russell and Tako Taal.

This discussion session ran in response to a PRESENTATION by members of Array Collective.



DISCUSSION #4
Identifying Needs in your Community & Making Change
facilitated by Jhinuk Sarkar
June 16th 7pm - 8.30pm

Do you wonder how an art practice can effectively respond to your community's needs? What do artists & arts workers do when working with and for their communities they are part of? How can artists and arts organisers make change through working in community settings? In this discussion, facilitated by illustrator and arts educator Jhinuk Sarkar, we explored:
whether effective change can be made through embedded community practice
the contexts and situations for artists seeking to make change within their own communities
strategies and solutions for artists and practices seeking change
the challenges facing artists & arts organisers working in this way
and more!

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Jhinuk Sarkar is an Illustrator and Arts Educator. She advises on accessibility at Turf Projects, an artist led project space and studios based in Croydon. Jhinuk also works closely with the artist collective MOSS (Makers Of Stuff Squad) to support them with a regular delivery of workshops based at Turf Projects. Jhinuk has over ten years of experience working to provide creative access, inclusivity and community arts work in museums, galleries, community hubs (such as libraries), at cultural events and festivals.

This discussion session ran in response to a PRESENTATION by Sofia Niazi.



DISCUSSION #5
Making Change through Art Practice and Art Work
facilitated by Tom Goddard
June 17th 2pm - 3.30pm

Do you wonder how an art practice can effectively create change? What do change-making art practices look like? In this discussion, facilitated by artist Tom Goddard, we explored:
whether effective change can be made through an art practice
the contexts and situations for artists seeking to make effective change through practice
effective strategies and solutions for artists and practices seeking change
the challenges facing artists working in this way
and more!

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Tom Goddard is recognised nationally for his work in education, receiving the inaugural Marsh Award for excellence. He received a Creative Wales award from the Arts Council of Wales and represented Wales at Standpoint Futures, an established programme of visual art development residencies for emerging artists who are based outside Greater London. He has created community centred public art projects with Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust; Somerset Art works; Meantime, Cheltenham; Take Apart, Plymouth and Locws International, Swansea.

This discussion session ran in response to a PRESENTATION by Juliet Davis-Dufayard.