Tuesday, May 2nd in St Helens
10.30 – 18.00
Heart of Glass is a national agency for collaborative and social arts practice. n May 2017 we will host the second iteration of our conference series With For About. This event is for practitioners, producers, collaborators, communities, and those with an interest in the role of art and artists in civil society.
We invite you to join us for three conversations on the fierce and urgent questions facing collaborative and social art today. Using the following statements by leading thinkers as provocations, we will explore collaboration, language and our role in an ever changing socio-political landscape.
‘If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.’
Lilla Watson – Artist / Activist
This conversation will look at the questions:
Who are our collaborators? Why are we working together?
BEYOND THE RHETORIC
‘There is no art practice that avoids all forms of co-option, compromise, or complicity’
Grant Kester – Academic
This conversation will ask how we avoid the co-option of the language and methodology of collaborative and social art practice by neo-liberal agendas and move towards a ‘vision of social justice’ that excludes ‘over simplification’ and ‘quick fixes.
SOLIDARITY AND ACTION
‘Useful art (Arte Util) is about transforming people’s lives, even on a small scale. It is art as activism and activism as art.’
Tania Bruguera – Artist
This conversation will look at the role of art and artists in this time of political and social urgency. Where should we be working? What do we need to be doing? How can we work in solidarity with partners and collaborators to ‘convert our fears, findings and conversations, into plans, projects and results?’