Monday 23rd January 2017

Artist opportunity in St Helens

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The Convivialist* Toolbox

Workshop for artists who work with or are interested in working with communities of place / interest

28th Feb 2017

10.30 – 17.00

Heart of Glass Workspace, Water Street, St Helens WA10 1PP

Led by Berlin based Artist Susanne Bosch



One day working on our convivialist* toolbox
With various artistic experiments and formats we will explore the nature of our interdependency and what every individual brings to the table. The day offers open space between workshop, practice, constructive dispute, action and re-action. Experts of the everyday – as all participants are – are invited to share their knowledge and questions. We start the day at an agreed time, but will leave the end open for formats to emerge from the process. If one idea manifests in reality afterwards, a convivialist contribution has been made. A reporting back of manifested ideas and a documentation is highly welcomed. We are interested in the consequences of the NOW for TOMORROW. The toolbox day offers an experimental format of approaching a human, societal or globally urgent topic.

convivialist* from the Latin ‘con-vivere’, to live together. The term is meant to point up the fact that the main task we face is that of working out a new philosophy and developing practical forms of peaceful interaction.

Susanne Bosch is an artist and independent researcher. She received a PhD “Learning for Civil Society Through Participatory Public Art” from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 2012. From 2007-2012, she developed and led the Art in Public MA at the University of Ulster in Belfast, together with artist Dan Shipsides. As an “interface activist”, Susanne practices internationally in public art projects asking questions about long-term issues, and building creative arguments around the ideas of democracy and sustainable futures. Her art often involves the issues of money such as the Restpfennigaktion (Left-over Penny Campaign), Germany, 1998-2002, Initizativa Centesimo Avanzato, PAN, Naples, Italy, 2008-2009 and Hucha de Deseos, Madrid Abierto, 2010-2011; migration- examples are the video My European Family 2012, Athens and Kassel, Germany, The Prehistory of Crisis II, Belfast and Dublin, 2009 and societal visions and participation models such as Cities Exhibition, Birzeit University Museum, Palestine 2012-13, Das Gute Leben, Glücklich kommt von Selbermachen,Bregenz, Austria 2014, Dies ist Morgen, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany 2015, Utopisten und Weltenbauer, Dortmund, Germany 2015, Das Mögliche im Sein, Götzis, Austria, 2015. Susanne develops site- and situation-specific interventions, installations, videos, drawings, and audio as well as dialogical formats. In her artistic research, as editor fo publications and as facilitator, she works with formats such as writing and workshops. She is trained in Open Space and Art of Hosting facilitation (2008, 2014), as well as conflict transformation (2004) and systemic constellation work (2014). Susanne has been working internationally and is currently the independent research fellow in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a European partner network of six countries from 2015-2018.

Tickets: £10 per person

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Limited free places are available to artists in the following Creative People & Places areas: St Helens, Dewsbury, Blackpool and Burnley as of The Faculty, a joint initiative by four Creative People and Places funded projects based in the North of England.  The Faculty was born out of a recognition of the limited professional development opportunities available to artists and creative practitioners within the identified geographic areas, but also within the context of social arts practice more broadly.

Current Partners:

  • Heart of Glass
  • Super Slow Way
  • Creative Scene
  • LeftCoast