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With For About: Art & Democracy - 23/5/19

Join Hear of Glass for the fourth annual With For About conference in St Helens. This year's theme is Art & Democracy and we're delighted to be joined by a host of speakers from across the globe.

The fourth annual With For About conference asks:

Is art, and the making of art, the last frontier in the fight for democracy and the realisation of civil society?

The politics of our times have presented us with an unprecedented moment of re-evaluation. Our communities, our values, our social structures are in flux.

Collaborative art has always presented a unique opportunity to engage meaningfully with these agendas, to draw audiences into work in new and exciting ways and allow many to add their voices to commentary on these times. But as democratic deficits are felt by increasingly larger parts of our community what role can artists and art play?

This year we are joined by a host of speakers from across the globe, including Jeanne van Heeswijk, Jonas Staal, Susanne Bosch, Larry Achiampong, A Blade of Grass, Deirdre Figueiredo, Brian Harnetty, Heather Peak Morison and Rick Lowe. You can find more information about the speakers below.

The day will be split into 3 panel sessions looking at themes including disability justice; the artist as political actor; and public realm work as an act of ‘commoning’.  The conference will close with the launch of Praxis 2: The Town As Arts Centre.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The #WithForAbout series aims to create a space to discuss and reflect on the fierce and urgent questions facing collaborative and social art today, and more broadly reflect on the role of art and artists in civil society, and the nature and potential of collaborative art, with and within community and social contexts. Read about previous conferences here.

Heart of Glass is delighted to partner with Create and Axisweb to present this event. Heart of Glass and Create are currently working with a range of partners to explore a ‘triennial for social and collaborative arts practice‘, and have previously worked together on Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme.

Image Credit: The Government, Studio Morison. Image Stephen King, 2019.

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Please click here to book your place at With For About: Art & Democracy. Ticket prices are as follows and for more info on ticket pricing, please see here.

Large Organisation: £125

Small Organisation: £60

Individual Artist/Practitioner: £30

Concession: £10

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