Sharing space: co-creation in the visual arts

Join colleagues from the UK in January and February in four linked online conversations on visual arts and co-creation. Each session will include presentations, discussion, social time, and space to share practice.

Sharing Space explores how artists, organisations and people create art and catalyse social change.

We will examine how co-creation challenges established hierarchies within the visual arts sector, learn from co-creation practice in other fields, unpick the benefits, and characteristics of co-creation through case studies from across the UK and understand the ways that these approaches can transform our work.

As the sector emerges from the impact of the pandemic, we consider the power of co-creation to deliver radical change on societal issues such as tackling social inequalities and injustice.

Booking Tickets

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Conversation One – Shifting hierarchies: the approach of co-creation (Thursday 20 January) – ticket sales passed.

Conversation two

Environments for co-creation

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 12:30 – 3:30pm

What are the physical conditions for successful co-creation through the visual arts? We will explore the practical considerations of collaborative art making in different settings; the changing role of those working in participation and engagement and the impact of this work on organisations and communities.

Chair: Fiona Macdonald, Head of Learning at the Design Museum and co-founder of Matt+Fiona.
Contributors: Professor Paul Heritage, Director of People’s Palace Projects, Vicky Sturrs, Head of Learning and Civic Engagement at BALTIC, Gateshead, and Joss Allen and Yvonne Billimore, Co-Directors of ATLAS Arts.

Conversation three

Democracy and collaboration: is everyone an artist?

Tuesday 1 February 2022, 9:45am – 12:45pm

Who holds the power in co-creation? What is the difference between participation and co-creation? How is that reflected in the experiences of those involved? How do we value artwork which has been co-created? We will explore approaches to shared decision making and co-authorship, and the ethical considerations of this work.

Chair: Natalia Palombo, Director of Deveron Projects
Contributor: François Matarasso, Artist, Writer and Researcher, and Glasgow-based artist Nadia Rossi.

Conversation four

Adaptation and innovation: new and changing approaches to cocreation

Thursday 10 February 2022, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Our final conversation considers the future of co-creation against the backdrop of global social, cultural, and political unrest. How has the pandemic shifted perceptions of why we create with others? What do artists need to maintain a livelihood and be supported to engage in collaborative relationships? Our contributors will share their predictions and provocations on what the future holds for co-creative visual arts, and the role this practice might play in tackling inequality and injustice.

Chair: Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director, FutureEverything
Contributors: Susanne Burns, Independent Arts and Cultural Sector Management Consultant and Researcher, Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and whatsthebigmistry, Priya Mistry, multidisciplinary artist, socially engaged worker and creative producer.

Sharing Space Contributors

We have an exciting line-up of colleagues exploring co-creation approaches across a wide range of settings.

At Conversation One ‘Shifting Hierarchies’ hear from artist and Dean of Academic Programmes for Art and Performance at Central Saint Martins, UAL, Paul Haywood, Letty Clark, Curator of Public Programmes at Artes Mundi, Jade Lillie, Head of Industry Development at Australia Council for the Arts, and socially-engaged arts producer, Debbie Chan. This event will be chaired by Susanne Burns, Independent Arts and Cultural Sector Management Consultant and Researcher.

Conversation Two ‘Environments for co-creation’ will have contributions from Professor Paul Heritage, Director of People’s Palace Projects, Fiona Macdonald, Head of Learning at the Design Museum and co-founder of architecture-education organisation, Matt+Fiona, Vicky Sturrs, Head of Learning and Civic Engagement at BALTIC, Gateshead, and finally Joss Allen and Yvonne Billimore, Co-Directors of ATLAS Arts.

Conversation Three ‘Democracy and Collaboration’ will feature, Artist, Writer and Researcher François Matarasso, alongside Glasgow-based artist Nadia Rossi. This session will be chaired by Natalia Palombo, Director of Deveron Projects.

Finally, Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning at Dundee Contemporary Arts, will be contributing to Conversation Four ‘Adaptation and Innovation’ alongside Susanne Burns, and whatsthebigmistry, Priya Mistry, multidisciplinary artist, socially engaged worker and creative producer. This session will be chaired by Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director at FutureEverything.

Booking Tickets

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We are delighted to be able to offer GEM members discount to our Sharing Space 2022 series as part of Engage and GEM’s reciprocal relationship.