This dialogue will explore the role that artists can play in finding creative solutions to challenges faced in both urban and rural settings.
Artists can have the creative potential to look at the places we live in from new perspectives and unexpected angles. They can often (re) imagine a place and see possibilities for improving a physical space or bringing communities together in ways that are not immediately obvious. Their artistic responses can strengthen a sense of place and identities associated with it.
So how can artists do this? What's the process of working with a community in this way? Who do they collaborate with and how? How do they identify the needs of a place or community and translate this through an artwork? How do they know if they've had a positive impact?
These questions and more will be discussed through this informal event at South Block, a creative workspace hub managed by award-winning social enterprise, Wasps Studios.
We will hear from two leading artists, Matt Baker and Peter McCaughey, who have worked at the heart of places that are undergoing some kind of change, whether that be reconstruction, regeneration or reinvention.
Contributors: This dialogue is being convened by the Social Innovation League, a new group for anyone who is interested in innovative ideas, people and products that are bringing about positive social change across all areas of life. Debuting at this festival, the league will host informal get-togethers and events that build, inspire and connect like-minded people who want to make a difference in our world today.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of last year's Festival in London, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Glasgow in October-featuring three days of ideas, solutions and debate all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. The Fesival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Scotland and the world- from youth clubs to ex-footballers to think tanks and governments- all to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change.
When & Where
Social Innovation Exchange
Social Innovation Exchange (www.socialinnovationexchange.org)
SIX is now the world’s primary network for social innovation. We connect social innovators in order to create and spread new ideas and solutions about how society can be strengthened and improved. We work with cities, national governments, and international bodies such as the European Commission to improve the methods with which our society find better solutions to challenges. We foster genuine, active connections between people building innovative solutions, from the grassroots to the policymaking level. By promoting learning across sectors, fields and country and by communicating and disseminating ideas bout social innovation, SIX builds the capacity of its members and enables them to work together to develop resources for social innovators around the world.