The art of with: a language for change

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Citation for The art of with: a language for change
Title The art of with: a language for change
Published in Engage Journal Revisited
Published by Engage, The National Association for Gallery Education
Publication date November 2018

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Yasmin Canvin  in response to ‘The Art of With: A Language for Change’ by Hannah Fussner in Engage 24: Digital Doorways (Autumn 2009):

This article was a review of a seminar at Cornerhouse set up to explore the meaning of openness within the arts, in terms of how arts organisations could work with audiences, artists and curators in a more collaborative way, based on essays by Charles Leadbeater and Tom Fleming.

From my perspective, this subject had previously been overly framed around shared values and community cohesion. Instead, this article referenced the idea of testing the limits of collaboration, rather than celebrating it, and artist Simon Yuill suggested that we should reflect on what makes participation meaningful rather than an end in itself. Desire lines were used as a metaphor for organisations to become more interdisciplinary, more flexible, proactive and responsive; four approaches that I have fostered in my roles as director at Fermywoods Contemporary Art and Leicester Print Workshop. 


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