Art and Social Practice: the politics of engagement
10.30 – 5.30 Friday 13th March 2015
BG11 Building 9, Hendon Campus


This exciting event will use video conferencing to bring together students, artists, lecturers and researchers from four UK universities including remote areas of Scotlands’ Highlands and Islands, plus School of the Art Institute Chicago. The virtual symposium will introduce the subject of the social practice of art and design as a vehicle for cultural activism through sharing and discussing projects in progress by students and practitioners from diverse communities.

Keynotes will be delivered by Greg Sholette, artist and author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, speaking from New York, and Jane Trowell of Platform arts activist group based in London.

The initiative builds on a 2014 event organised by the networked Art & Social Practice modules at Shetland College UHI led by artist Roxane Permar. This year the lead has been taken by the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University, with the aim of developing an annual international event that promotes dialogue and exchange while instigating an ongoing network for emerging artists in this expanding field of practice.

Watch out for programme details.

Thanks to ADRI for the research grant that has made this possible.

For further information contact Loraine

banner image – Liberate Tate, detail from ‘Sunflower’, Tate Modern, 2010; photo Jeffrey Blackler


Programme 2015

Welcome and introductions

Morning keynote
Jane Trowel of Platform London will speak about her work in
relation to art, education, democracy and environmental justice.

University of Highlands and Islands students present their work (BA and MA)

University of Brighton students present their work (BA)

Case study presentation
Sarah Corbett of the Craftivist Collective will show work from this social enterprise which uses craft as a tool for ‘slow, gentle and joyful activism’.

University of East London students present their work (BA)

Goldsmiths students present their work (MA)

Middlesex University students present their work (BA, alumni and PhD)

End Note
Greg Sholette, author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (2011) and co-author of It’s The Political Economy, Stupid (2013), will join us from New York to share his views on cultural activism.

Discussion and closing remarks