San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Situations are launching a new series of half-day professional development workshops offering insights into new approaches to public art across the UK.
The first workshop is hosted in association with the Liverpool Biennial and offers delegates the opportunity to get under the skin of two art projects, which have used bread-making, community baking and food production as an alternative approach to urban redevelopment.
Futurefarmers, led by Californian Amy Franceschini, will join Homebaked Co-operative Anfield, a community bakery and social enterprise which grew out of the 2010 commission, 2Up 2 Down, by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. Futurefarmers will be discussing the evolution of their project Flatbread Society, commissioned by Situations for Oslo harbour in Norway.
In developing such projects, we’ve asked ourselves a number of questions, we’d like to share with colleagues, commissioners and funders on this workshop, such as:
- How do such projects begin – what is the distance travelled from the first idea to a workable business? What have we learnt about strategies for discussion, shared managed and meeting expectations?
- How do artistic integrity and economic sustainability work together in such projects?
- How is the energy of participants and co-producers sustained beyond the first series of events? What happens when the artist leaves?
- What difference do artists make as catalysts for projects of urban food production and distribution?
When & Where
Situations and the Liverpool Biennial
This project is led by Situations and organised in partnership with the Liverpool Biennial. The workshop is presented as part of Public Art Now, a national programme of talks, films, publications and workshops dedicated to showcasing the most internationally significant forms of public art. www.situations.co.uk www.publicartnow.com www.biennial.com