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.
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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?
• 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
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
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.
Shai is a London based documentary photographer & visual artist exploring identity, representation and notions of ‘otherness’, particularly of Muslims in Britain. Shai uses news and mainstream media along with humour to challenge narratives which often serve to de-humanise, over simplify and reinforce a ‘them and us’ in society.
At the heart of Shai’s practice is seeking to understand the ways in which mainstream representations of Muslims in Britain contribute to the rise in hate crime and Islamophobia. Shai began her career working as a photojournalist on humanitarian projects with global organisations including UN Women, Christian Aid, CARE International and Islamic Relief. Shai has been developing her conceptual practice since embarking on an MA in Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts- London.
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
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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This network event is organised by Autograph and Will Essilfie.
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.