Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next 2022

Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next 2022

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Arts University Plymouth (formerly Plymouth College of Art)

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Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next - Grounding and Spatial Justice

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Take A Part are delighted to present the fourth biennial symposium Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next - Grounding and Spatial Justice, taking place on 21st and 22nd of July 2022 at Arts University Plymouth (formerly Plymouth College of Art).

Social Making aims to bring together artists, curators, community members, commissioners, policy makers, audiences, researchers and anyone with an interest in social practice in the arts. For Take A Part, social practice is collaborative and puts people at the heart of the artwork, and it is this spirit that we bring to our symposium. Each iteration of the symposium has been different but we always strive to move to a more active engagement with our delegates rather than the traditional conference experience. This year, we are excited to provide three workshop opportunities, led by brilliant South-West based artists and organisations, while presentations by international practitioners will explore community action and activism to face current geo-political crises. We are also happy to be working with Far Flung Dance Theatre to host a creative chill out space, and to provide creative enablers for participants who have additional access needs.

We are delighted to host presentations by Ways of Working, In Place of War, and Cooking Sections. Workshops will be led by Rachel Dobbs, Far Flung Dance Theatre, and Elinor Lower from the Rising Arts Agency Community. There will be a social mixer event on the Thursday evening.

In the wake of the pandemic, Brexit, climate breakdown, armed conflict, and of rising far-right nationalism, we consider the state of ‘groundlessness’ and its effects on social practice. In artist Hito Steyerl’s 2011 essay In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective, she discusses the present moment’s prevailing condition as a state of groundlessness. Foundational political and economic beliefs and systems have been thrown up in the air, leaving little, if any, stable ground. Throughout Social Making, we will be asking how social practice, its artists, collaborators and audiences are uniquely placed to answer questions such as:

How do we ground ourselves as practitioners, community members, audiences in our work, when our ecologies become less and less sustainable?

How do we navigate geo-spatial constructs of the ground - thinking through Brexit, international migration issues, and global conflicts?

How can we work against losing ground - of women's rights, trans rights, disability rights, LGBTQ+, migrant rights, land justice?

How can we find common ground in a world seemingly becoming more polarised?

How can we create firm footing, a supportive space for all to collaborate when the ground keeps shifting?

As we fall, it can be difficult to identify this feeling, as other people, objects, and communities fall alongside us. Our balance is disrupted, but our perspectives can change, and new horizons can appear. We hope you can join us in July 2022.

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Tickets cover both days of the symposium. We will release the schedule for the event in early July and will contact you via eventbrite with it.

This year we have a special pay it forward ticket option where those affiliated with an organisation can cover a ticket for those in receipt of benefits/ universal credit claimants. If you can support someone with less resources to attend the symposium, please do consider this ticket option.

Social Making 2020 Ticket Holders - If you think you are eligible for a free ticket due to holding a Social Making 2020 ticket that you did not get refunded, but you have not received a recent email from TAP about claiming a free ticket to the event, please contact Lucy Elmes.

To mitigate against ongoing covid transmission and to keep ticket prices low, we will be serving teas and coffees, however no lunch will be provided so please bring your own or make plans to grab a bite elsewhere in the city centre during the lunch break. We can suggest options to you if you contact us about this.

If you have any access needs or medical conditions we should be aware of please email Special Programmes Producer Lucy Elmes so that we can support and assist you for the duration of the symposium.

The symposium event will be documented, if you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed please contact us so we can inform our documentation team.

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