Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next is a biennial symposium developed and delivered by Take A Part CIC. The aim of the symposium is to bring examples of international socially engaged practices to the South West of the UK, giving the region exposure to a wider network of projects and organisations, and an opportunity to consider a range of methods and their impact. The 2018 symposium will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth.
The symposium provides support and learning for artists, community members, curators, arts organisations, councillors, commissioners, producers, students and academics, ensuring that the region continues to produce and support high-quality, risk-taking and ambitious public arts programmes. It is also about sharing socially engaged practices in Plymouth and the city’s ambitions outwards, as innovators and risk-takers and as a centre from which projects are tested and grown.
The 2018 symposium will consider social practice and its engagement with identity(s); how art can help communities and audiences reconsider their understandings of, and positions on sexuality, gender, race, economical, political, social, bodily, historical and geographical identities. It will explore how social practice can help us reconsider the notion of community itself. They will also be showcasing the work of cross-disciplinary practitioners; from visual artists, to theatre-makers, to poets.
An early bird rate of £85 is available until the end of March. There are also various opportunities for artists from the South West to participate including a SOUP micro-grant dinner, call for artist installations and interventions and a call for Pecha Kucha-style presentations.