Rights in Focus Network
RIGHTS AND ARTS ENGAGEMENT

SAT 13 JULY 2019
11:30AM – 4:30PM
LONDON: AUTOGRAPH

£6 / £5

About the Event

Autograph's Rights in Focus Network explores how social justice agendas can inform the challenges, practice and discourse of arts engagement.

We meet quarterly to discuss the structural powers shaping the context in which arts engagement work is taking place, and consider how approaches based on the legal, civic, and human rights of participants can inform more ethically aware forms of participatory projects - and help initiate systemic change. 

Please join us for an afternoon of talks, discussion, practice sharing and networking. Our guest speaker is Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director of Safe Ground.

This event is aimed at arts professionals, socially engaged artists, curators, arts commissioners, facilitators creating workshops in arts and community spaces, artist educators, and those working in community settings - regardless of what stage in your career or practice you are at. You'll be encouraged to share learning, skills and resources from you own practice. We welcome newcomers to the Network.

How can the rights of participants be central to the design and delivery of arts engagement?

Why do we work with those most marginalised, excluded or discriminated against?

What ethical dilemmas and power dynamics of arts engagement emerge in these relationships?

Can this work advocate for systemic change at personal, community, organisational and societal levels?

TOPICS the network explores

• Rights, social justice and activism in arts engagement

• Institutional and social power structures, which create conditions of privilege and marginalisation

• Coalitions and partnerships as a force for social change

• Community campaigns achieving a scale of change in their work

• The politics of representation and engagement



• How a rights-focussed approach can address power imbalances in the relationships between participants and arts engagement practitioners

• Creating access for the most marginalised

• Ethics and instrumentalisation

• Building non-transactional relationships with participants

• Radical approaches, methods, and pedagogy for engagement




Programme for the july network meeting

11:30 – 11:45 Welcome and introductions

11:45 – 13:05 Guest speaker Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director of Safe Ground. Followed by a group discussion

13:05 – 13:50 Lunch (included in ticket price)

13:50 – 4pm
Practice sharing by two network speakers: Shaista Chisty, documentary photographer and second speaker Fleur Donnelly-Jackson. Followed by a group discussion and feedback

4 – 4:30pm Feedback and sharing of references and resources

4:30 – 5pm Drinks and networking

Safe Ground

guest speaker Charlotte Weinberg

Charlotte Weinberg  joined Safe Ground as Executive Director in 2010. Safe Ground is responsible for a range of therapeutic group work programmes across 20 prisons and a series of arts and identity interventions inside and outside of prisons across the UK.

Charlotte has spent 15 years as a frontline youth and community activist. Her work involved large scale group work using the arts to challenge stigma and inequalities with diverse communities and young people in libraries, car-parks, youth clubs, parks and open spaces. In 1995, Charlotte began work in a hostel for homeless 16-17 year olds where she was a senior worker for 5 years.

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Her work involved supporting young people towards independence, working with families and engaging and challenging statutory service providers in new ways.

In 1999 Charlotte became the first Coordinator of a pioneering Youth Involvement Project; Safrron Young People’s Project. This project was the first of its kind, working with local young people and families to influence service provision and policy at local and national level.

In 2001, Charlotte left the UK to work on a mass media strategy for social change in Nicaragua. As part of the team of Puntos de Encuentro, a Nicaraguan NGO, Charlie worked in the team responsible for the scripts and storylines, audio visual spin offs and educational materials for the award winning social soap opera, Sexto Sentido.

network speaker Fleur Donnelly-Jackson

As a Volunteers Manager at Tate  I work to bring underrepresented groups into the gallery at Tate, to encourage them to volunteer, engage with our collections, and to take part in community events. In this role I have been exploring innovative art engagement techniques (Sensory Collection Conversations, Image Theatre, and Art Journaling) with our volunteers. For the past year I have acted as chair of Tate’s staff disABILITY Network.

The role of the network is to advocate within Tate for the social model of disability, to promote understanding about the needs of staff and volunteers, and our visitors with disabilities, through conversations, discussion, feedback, and acting as consultees to new policies.

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Prior to working at Tate, I worked in the UK charity sector at RNIB and Crisis - on campaigns about improving services for blind and partially sighted people, and to tackle the negative stereotypes about people on benefits.

I then became a Volunteers Manager for a London-wide programme, supporting young disabled adults aged 16-30 years, to volunteer. In 2018 I was elected as a local Councillor, for Brent Council in London.

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Prior to working at Tate, I worked in the UK charity sector at RNIB and Crisis - on campaigns about improving services for blind and partially sighted people, and to tackle the negative stereotypes about people on benefits.

I then became a Volunteers Manager for a London-wide programme, supporting young disabled adults aged 16-30 years, to volunteer. In 2018 I was elected as a local Councillor, for Brent Council in London.

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acknowledgements

This network event is organised by Autograph and Will Essilfie.

EVENT SUPPORTED BY

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Banner image: Canva(s) project, 2016 - 2017. Page images, frop top left: 1) 2019 Rights in Focus Conference at Autograph, London. 2-3) 2018 Rights in Focus Conference at Autograph, London. Photographs by Jalaikon. 4) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.