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 will be Tony Cealy.
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
Tony Cealy is a drama & theatre practitioner, and trainer working intergenerationally with communities at risk.
He is the founder member of Noh Budget Films (est. 1991), and since 1993 has won contracts developing drama-based responses to health and wellbeing, mental health, social care, education, substance misuse, housing and regeneration, youth services and community development, and special educational settings across the UK. Over the last 20 years He has built a strong reputation for innovative and experimental drama and theatre-based projects within the criminal justice system in the UK and across Europe.
11:30 – 11:45 Welcome and introductions
11:45 – 13:05 Guest Speaker Tony Cealy
13:05 – 13:50 Lunch (included in ticket price)
13:50 – 4pm Practice sharing by two network speakers: Alexandra Mckenzie and Mai Omer. Followed by a group discussion and feedback
4 – 4:30pm Feedback and sharing of references and resources
4:30 – 5pm Drinks and networking
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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) Tony Cealy at Autograph's 2018 Rights in Focus Conference. 3-4) 2018 Rights in Focus Conference at Autograph, London. Photographs by Jalaikon. 5) Alexandra McKenzie 6) Mai Omer, photograph by Simon Beckmann. 7) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.
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