Event: Social Art Summit
Organiser: Social Art Network
Dates: 1-2 Nov 2018
Description: An Artist-Led Review of Socially Engaged Arts Practice in the UK
Location: Sheffield
Deadline: 31 Aug 2018

Calling artists working in social art, socially-engaged art, community arts, collaborative arts and social practice at all stages of your careers to come together and share work at the Social Art Summit.  

Over two-days artists from around the country will come together to share practice, showcase work and explore what it means to be making art through social engagement right now. The Summit will showcase the work of artists from around the UK and beyond testing the ground for a Social Art Biennale in 2020. Artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, funders and sectors working in the arts and social realm are invited to join the conversation through a series of events at Site Gallery and other venues around the city.

Founded in 2016 by artists Eelyn Lee and R.M. Sánchez-Camus, Social Art Network [SAN] aims to build an international artist-led network; expand dialogue and develop agency in the field of art and social practice. Major partners include Site Gallery, Peckham Platform, a-n, University of Highlands & Islands and Middlesex University. Sheffield based artist Ian Nesbitt is guest co-convener.

Calls for expressions of interest in participation: They encourage interested parties to consider and respond to the question what does it means to be making art through social engagement right now?

Proposals can take the form of exhibitions, presentations, seminars, performances, participatory workshops, walks, new media or any other form they haven’t yet imagined! They are actively seeking new ways of sharing practice and process while encouraging discussion so please feel free to suggest new ways of doing this. They are interested in forms that reflect practice and are keen to represent diverse modes of engagement. Ten years of severe austerity measures together with the wider divisive political climate has triggered a sense of urgency for conversations around the impact on communities and the art being made with and within them. They are interested in questioning, what kind of society do we want to live in and what roles can artists play?

By issuing this open call they are seeking to reveal the practices and ideas that are out there at this moment in time. The artist-curators will select a range of contributors to reflect vital perspectives on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and national status, including areas where each of these might intersect.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Title, Description (250-350 words), Visuals (max. 4 references),
  • Biog (max. 50 words per presenter), contact info email / mobile / website
  • Type of participation (talk, visuals. dialogue, film, workshop, one to one, meals, etc)
  • Proposals should be sent via email to [email protected]

To find out more email: [email protected] or visit their facebook page