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Loraine Leeson in conversation with Rehana Zaman at: Storming the Citadels?
Birkbeck, University of London July 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Loraine Leeson in conversation with Rehana Zaman at: Storming the Citadels?

 Dr Loraine Leeson in conversation with Rehana Zaman at:
Storming the Citadels? Changing attitudes and frameworks to arts practices and research in community contexts,
Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck University of London, Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

This symposium brings together different generations to present and discuss methods of doing art and politics from different perspectives and timeframes. Taking as its starting point two publications: ‘Artists and People’ by Su Braden (1978) and ‘Community, Art and the State: Storming the Citadels’ by Owen Kelly (1984), this public event compares the connections and distinctions between artists and activists making things happen from the late 1970s to now. It considers contemporary commissioning practices of socially engaged art and the growing discourse on participatory art practices alongside observations that Kelly and Braden made over 30 years ago of the depoliticisation of community arts through ‘funding addiction’ and the dangers of professional artists ‘taking the arts to the people’.

This is an opportunity to position current approaches to socially engaged art and community practice in a broader, historical context of changing attitudes to civic engagement, disobedience, direct and participatory democracy and social change. The aim is to make visible the threads between practices in different political, social contexts and timeframes so as to support a critical questioning of current and future approaches to socially engaged art. In particular, the event introduces diverse approaches and methods of working with marginalised groups and how these are played out through academic research, as a form of professional practice and as activism.

Contributors to the event are: Su Braden, Laura Guy, Sophie Hope, Liz Hoult, Alison Jeffers, Loraine Leeson, Karen Merkel, Becky Shaw, Ed Webb Ingall and Rehana Zaman.