Peacebuilding & the Arts: Cultural Connections / P&J Scotland Launch19 Nov

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Prof Jolyon Mitchell & P&J Team leaders panel: Practice of Peacebuilding & the Arts/ Chair Dr Lesley Orr/ Launch Peace & Justice Scotland

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6pm: P&J Annual Meeting / 6:30pm: Jolyon Mitchell shares his groundbreaking vision of how the Arts can contribute to Peacebuilding / Opposing War Memorial artist Kate Ive, Peace Cranes Curators & PeaceBuilders Coordinator share practical experience / P&J Scotland Launch with Alison Johnstone MSP

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Jolyon Mitchell is an Editor of Peacebuilding and the Arts (2020) and Professor of Communications Arts & Religion at Edinburgh University. He was a producer and journalist for BBC World Service and Radio 4 and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI).

Lesley Orr PhD, Research Fellow in the CTPI, teaches Peacebuilding and the Arts course with Jolyon and will chair the event. A historian and activist Lesley's research includes war resistance and peace movements in 20th century Scotland. Lesley is a member of the Opposing War Memorial Steering Group.

The creative arts can help promote peace by enabling people to see things differently. Yet, their peacebuilding role remains little explored.

Jolyon Mitchell offers a ground-breaking look at a range of artistic practices, and the ways in which they have attempted to support peacebuilding. After Jolyon's presentation we shall have a panel discussion followed by Q&A:

1. Kate Ive (Opposing War Memorial artist) will discuss how her handkerchief tree sculpture planned for Princes Street Gardens incorporates embroidery and invites reflection on alternatives to war in public space.

2. Iliyana Nedkova (Peace Cranes Curator) will outline how artists as activists will engage audiences about Hiroshima and nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

3. Fiona Oliver-Larkin (PeaceBuilders Programme Coordinator) will share how P&J facilitators use storytelling, puppetry and drama to nurture a culture of peace in Primary Schools.

4. Panel Discussion with Jolyon Mitchell and project leaders followed by Q&A with all in attendance welcome to contribute.

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  • 5.50pm Zoom room opens for those attending Annual Review
  • 6.00pm Welcome to P&J Annual Review
  • 6.20pm Break & Arrivals for panel discussion join the meeting
  • 6:30pm Dr Lesley Orr introduces Prof Jolyon Mitchell
  • 6:35pm Jolyon Mitchell: How can the Arts can promote Peacebuilding?
  • 6.50pm P&J project leaders outline current P&J projects:
  • - Opposing War Memorial - Kate Ive and Lesley Orr
  • - Peacebuilding in Schools – Fiona Oliver-Larkin
  • - Peace Cranes - Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan
  • 7:20pm Panel discussion led by Lesley Orr
  • 7:50pm Appeal for donations to the Opposing War Memorial
  • 7:55pm Jolyon Mitchell and Alison Johnstone launch Peace & Justice Scotland, 8pm finish.

We shall reflect at this 40th anniversary of our founding on the huge contributions made by Geoffrey Carnall and Elizabeth Seale Carnall.

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