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Visual Arts South West invites artists, curators, arts organisations and audiences to gather for a day of discussions and learning.

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Future Proof

Visual Arts South West in partnership with Arnolfini

The term ‘future-proof’ refers to the ability of something to continue to be of value into the future, the guarantee of not becoming obsolete.

Visual Arts South West invites artists, curators, arts organisations and audiences to gather for a day of discussions and learning. Join inspiring speakers to work collectively and consider our future amongst increasing precarity, limited access to the arts, the turn away from the European community converging with the rise of fascism, the rapid development of digital technologies, and the climate emergency.

Future Proof will seek to identify and address key challenges of our region while establishing collective survival strategies for the future in perpetually changing conditions. Our speakers will address: post-truth politics and the accelerated aggregation of wealth that obstruct effective responses to ecological decline; the importance of hearing young voices as an essential driving force of social change; pedagogical and activist traditions in collective working; and the resilience, solidarity and care required to sustain diverse artistic and curatorial practices.

This day of learning and coming together is an opportunity to focus on some critical issues that artists, curators and arts organisations in the South West are facing, but cannot tackle on their own. Together we can develop new strategies of support and self-organisation that reflect our needs for the future.

Within the context of Greta Thunberg’s call for an international strike to campaign against climate change on 20 September 2019, we will be working together and investing in regenerative action.

Join us to contribute, be part of and enjoy a day packed full of listening, learning and laughter. Come and claim your stake in this region.

Speakers

Leeza Awojobi is a calm, creative and conscientious poet and storyteller based in Bristol. She loves to use her poetry to delve deep into fundamental human nature, exploring ideas and issues which often go unnoticed. Her most recent projects include A Meal Around Bristol and her ongoing collection initiative Handle With Care. Leeza is part of the Creative Futures programme at Creative Youth Network.

Katie Baron is a journalist, author and futurist who specialises in defining and predicting the intersections between technologies, pop culture and consumer behaviours.

Emily Bull is Creative Producer at the Creative Youth Network, a Bristol based organisation producing work and programmes for emerging young artists to help them unlock their potential.

Alastair Cameron, Lizi Hoar and Oliver Sutherland are all members of the Brunswick Club, a uniquely autonomous artistic space in Bristol for collective production, radical ideas and experimental practice across multiple art forms. Brunswick’s strong DIY ethos is firmly placed within, and seeks to continue, the Bristolian tradition of grassroots activism, alternative ideas and ways of being.

Libita Clayton is a British-Namibian artist who works across sound and performance. She also organises workshops and discursive events developed in partnership with DIY organisations, broadcasters and publishers.

Eliza Gluckman is Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the Government Art Collection and Founder Director of A Woman’s Place, a catalyst and umbrella for cultural projects and advocacy where equality provides the contextual backbone.

Joanna Kavenna the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction including The Ice Museum, Inglorious, The Birth of Love, A Field Guide to Reality and (mostly recently) Zed. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the LRB, the New Scientist, the Guardian and the New York Times, among other publications. In 2008 she won the Orange Prize for New Writing, and in 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Tania Kovats is an artist whose sculptures, large-scale installations, commissions, writing and drawings explore our understanding and experience of landscape, and demonstrate geological processes. Tania’s research focuses on geology to further understand how landscapes form outside the realm of human impact.

Robert Leckie is Director of Spike Island in Bristol. He was previously Curator and Head of Programmes at Gasworks in London, where he led the exhibitions, residencies, and public programmes from 2011 to 2018. He has written for Afterall, Rhizome, and Mousse, among other publications, and is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths, and the University of the Arts in London.

Helen Palmer has worked within and for theatres, arts organisations and festivals across the UK for over 25 years. She was part of the team that set up and delivered Cultureshock – the cultural programme that accompanied the city’s Commonwealth Games – and the inaugural Manchester International Festival. Helen is also Director at Creative Tourist and Palmer Squared.

Anna Rathbone is a mixed-media artist and theatre maker currently exploring themes around mental health/illness. She has a particular interest in accessibility and inclusion. Anna is part of the Creative Futures programme at Creative Youth Network.

Abigail Reynolds is an artist living and working in Cornwall. Working in collage and sculpture, she splices found photographs to create fresh narratives. In March 2016 she was awarded the BMW Art Journey Prize at Art Basel, to travel to lost libraries along the Silk Road. A book documenting this journey was published by Hatje Cantz. She has work in the Government Art Collection, Yale University Art Gallery and New York Public Library and private collections.

Alice Sharp is the founder and Director of Invisible Dust. Invisible Dust is a commissioning organisation that works with leading artists and scientists to produce new and exciting works of contemporary art that explore our environment and climate change.

Simon Sheikh is a curator and theorist. He is Reader in Art and Programme Director of the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London; a correspondent for Springerin, Vienna; and a columnist for e-flux Journal. Simon is a member of the Bergen Assembly 2019 core group and is currently working on a book about art and apocalypse entitled It’s After the End of the World.

Kieran Swann, Senior Programmer at Arnolfini, is an artist, curator, producer and facilitator, working in both performance and visual art. His practice returns to ideas of memorial, queerness, performance and bodies as archives, and strategies of co-creation, meaningful engagement of the audience, or at least displacing the usual audience/artist relationship.

Brook Tate is a British artist from the south east of England and is based in Bristol. Having taught himself to paint since 2011, Brook has developed his style by studying traditional techniques and taking inspiration from the lives of his models.

Keijaun Thomas is an artist who creates live performance and multimedia installations that oscillate between movement and materials that function as tools, objects and structures, as well as a visual language that can be read, observed and repeated within spatial, temporal and sensorial environments. Her work investigates the histories, symbols and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood.

Suzy Willson is Artistic Director of the Clod Ensemble theatre company and Creator of their Performing Medicine programme. She is Honorary Professor at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary. Suzy has been pioneering the use of arts in healthcare education for over 20 years, working with a range of medical schools, higher education institutions and NHS Trusts, as well as curating public events with leading cultural venues across the UK.

Bursaries

Visual Arts South West will offer a number of travel bursaries to independent arts professionals attending from Cornwall, West Devon and Hampshire.

To apply for a bursary, please email a short statement (max. 100 words) explaining why you would benefit from attending Future Proof to Nella Aarne at nella@vasw.org.uk.

Access to Arnolfini

The nearest parking is in The Grove Car Park which has a number of accessible bays. The car park is a paid one, but blue badge holders can park for free.

If you feel uncomfortable walking around the building over the cobblestones to the main entrance, we welcome you to call +44 (0)117 917 2300 and request Arnolfini’s front of house team to come and meet you outside UWE on Prince’s Street which leads directly through to Arnolfini. This entrance is card holder only so please call ahead to request Arnolfini staff to meet you. The paving outside is still uneven, but less so than the front of the building.

For further access information about Arnolfini, please visit Arnolfini’s website or send any enquiries specific to the Future Proof event to nella@vasw.org.uk.

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