Practice, Place, PurposeProject Thu 28 Jun 2018
A one-day symposium exploring the purpose and practice of place-based contemporary arts commissioning. Led by stewardship organisations National Trust, Forestry Commission England, Canal & River Trust and Churches Conservation Trust in partnership with Exeter University.
Traditionally presented in urban spaces and institutions, the contemporary arts experience has, for several years, been increasingly sited outside these traditional settings - in forests, waterways, churches, landscapes and heritage buildings. Through key commissioners such as the stewardship organisations listed above, and with the support of the Arts Councils of England and Wales, contemporary arts practice has been employed to create purposeful encounters, enrich experiences, tell new stories and ultimately seeks to contribute towards the health and wellbeing of the nation.
This symposium will both showcase and interrogate the ‘practice of place’ and its artistic and instrumental aims, through a series of provocations, respondents and debate. The morning sessions will focus on socially-engaged and participatory practices with a provocation and responses, and the afternoon sessions will interrogate the concept of wellbeing through contemporary arts encounters through a provocation and respondents addressing this through the themes of practice, place and purpose.
The day will encompass outdoor wanderings, artist projects, research papers and provocative debate with plenty of opportunity for participation and discussion.
The day has been made possible with support from Arts Council England.
Keynote by Katherine Clarke, MUF Architecture/art with further contributions and provocations by Professor Andrew Newman, Prof of Cultural Gerontology at the University of Newcastle and Chrissie Tiller, a writer, thinker, teacher and advisor with an extensive history of working through collaborative and social practice.
A storytelling picnic lunch will be served by artists Natasha Rosling and Vilma Loustarinen as a shared celebration of the local landscape. Expect an exploration of the poetic connections between food, place and the human body.