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Dialogues - Towards Change: Participative Institutions

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The seminar will investigate participatory models for cultural institutions and the leadership role they might play as agencies for change.

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This final Dialogues seminar, organised by CVAN South East, will investigate participatory models for cultural institutions and the leadership role they might play as agencies for change.

The event will ask how organisations can extend their relevance to a wider section of society, remove barriers to participation and shift hierarchical or exclusive cultures. Contributors will examine the influence of institutions to challenge conventional thinking; as well as the many external pressures which prevail on institutional working. It is being organised by CVAN South East in partnership with Modern Art Oxford.

The event will be chaired by Lara Ratnaraja, cultural consultant. Speakers include: Neil Griffiths, co-founder of Arts Emergency, Professor Sarita Malik from Brunel University London, Richard Hunt, artist with Shadowlight Artists, and Richard Duriez from Film Oxford. Plus, from our partners and network members: Kate Adams MBE, Artist Director and CEO, Project Art Works, and Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford.

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Speakers

Lara Ratnaraja (Chair) - Lara is a freelance cultural consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership, collaboration and cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector. She works with arts organisations and universities and also is Programme Curator of Hello Culture and co producer of the RE:Present and ASTONish diverse leadership programmes. She is on the Area Council for Arts Council Midlands. helloculture.co.uk

Kate Adams MBE – Kate is an artist, activist, and is Artist Director and CEO of Project Art Works. She has initiated many responsive, collaborative projects with children and adults who have complex support needs and their families, care services, artists and galleries. Kate co-founded Project Art Works in 1997 to explore an expanded conception of art that was and continues to be influenced by her son, Paul Colley, who does not use language to communicate. His experience illuminates the barriers faced by people in a neurotypical world as well as the wonder of other ways of being. projectartworks.org

Neil Griffiths - Neil Griffiths is an activist and charity director. He is known for his work with the global rights group No Sweat and as a co-founder of Arts Emergency, a charity that defends the arts and humanities in education, and runs a national network of 7,000 artists, academics, activists, writers, and graduates that supports young people. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Neil was listed among the country’s 50 most influential fundraisers by Civil Society Media and Fundraiser magazine. arts-emergency.org

Paul Hobson - Paul Hobson has been the Director of Modern Art Oxford since September 2013. Paul read History at Oxford University and completed post-graduate studies in aesthetics and contemporary visual theory. Working for more than twenty years in the art world, Paul joined the gallery as Director following senior roles at the Contemporary Art Society, The Showroom, the Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London. modernartoxford.org.uk

Professor Sarita Malik - Sarita Malik is Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at Brunel University London. Her research explores questions of social change, inequality, communities, and cultural representation. She has written extensively on race, representation and the media, and on diversity and cultural policy. Since 2014, she has been leading a large, international collaborative project titled Creative Interruptions, funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme. The project examines how the arts, media and creativity are used to challenge exclusion. creativeinterruptions.com

Richard Duriez - Richard Duriez is a key manager at Film Oxford, which is a Creative and Educational Charity based in East Oxford that was founded in 1975. He has a background in filmmaking and TV production. He founded the Shadowlight Artists project in 2009 with visual artist Chris Oakley to support artists with learning disabilities to attain recognition as professional artists. The group have gone on to win awards and to exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. filmoxford.org

Richard Hunt - Richard Hunt is a founding member of the Shadowlight Artists who works in painting and Installation. He is the first artist with a learning disability to win the Shape Open national prize for his painting “Totem Pole”. A documentary about his installation piece “Rocking the Boat on the Beach” which was exhibited at Modern Art Oxford in 2018 is being screened at Assim Vivemos (Living This Way), an international disability film festival in three major Brazilian cities this December (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia). shadowlightartists.org.uk

Oliver Sumner - Oliver is Manager of CVAN South East, a network of 22 organisations working together to create a stronger visual arts ecology for the region. A specialist in creative learning and visual arts engagement, Oliver’s independent activities include evaluation, research and project management for cultural organisations such as Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, the National Saturday Club, and Tate. cvansoutheast.com

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About Dialogues - Towards Change

CVAN South East presents Dialogues - Towards Change, a series of three consultative seminars with partners across the South East region, to explore themes of equality, rights and representation in the visual arts. The three Dialogues will champion positive change in the visual arts ecology by showcasing best practice and informing the development of a new phase in the network’s activity.

Join us for the other two seminars: Inclusive Practice on Wednesday 20 November at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, and Artist Placemaking on Saturday 9 November at Phoenix Brighton, Brighton.

The listening exercise has been borne out of a profound recognition that the visual arts sector in the South East has some way to go to reflect the local population in its leadership, workforce, programmes and audiences. Joint action to close this gap was recently reaffirmed as a strategic priority for the network, putting its weight behind the mounting call from a diversity of artists, organisations and art lovers. These events are the next step in translating this ongoing commitment into concerted action and lasting change.

The programme has been devised and delivered in partnership with network members and through consultation and cooperation with a range of groups including those who exemplify best practice in community engagement. It has been made possible with financial support from Arts Council England.

Image: Autograph Encounter, EXPLORERS, 2017 © Project Art Works.

About CVAN South East, organiser of Dialogues - Towards Change: Participative Institutions

We are a network of organisations across the visual arts sector in the South East region of England. CVAN South East is one of the nine regional networks in England that make up CVAN (the Contemporary Visual Arts Network).

The CVAN network is concerned with developing critically engaged art practice, and dedicated to promoting a visual arts ecology that thrives on the inter-dependence of many stakeholders, including artists and art professionals, local government, higher education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

A major element of our programme is the Platform Graduate Award that we have managed since 2012. CVAN South East is supported by Arts Council England.

At Modern Art Oxford

There will also be the opportunity to visit Modern Art Oxford's exhibition, Kiki Smith: I am a Wanderer , the first solo UK show in a public institution in 20 years of Smith's art practice. It features over 80 works and offers a rare opportunity to experience the breadth of her artistic practice, from small sculptures and photographs to her printmaking and monumental Jacquard tapestries.

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