In the Summer of 2014 five artists based in the North West and Yorkshire who work in the field of socially-engaged performance practice have come together to discuss their work, exchange ideas, research and approaches to making work.

This blog forms a platform for; the group’s discussions, reportage and debate about other socially-engaged performance practice, and interrogations of wider ideas and research around socially-engaged practice in the contemporary arts.

We aim that the Interactions blog will be of value those beyond the group; whether emerging, mid-career or mature artists, curators, programmers, producers, academics and other arts professionals – and look forward to ‘interaction’ with you about our posts.

Additionally two public Mini-symposiums on the themes and issues on socially-engaged performance practice arising from the five artists work together will be held in September (19.9.14) in Liverpool and October (8.10.14) in Leeds. Book now to secure your place.

In an arts context, socially-engaged practice, can be understood loosely to fit into one or more of these descriptions:

  • Engages audiences beyond the arts institution (ie theatres/galleries) in social spaces or contexts
  • Takes the social as its subject or modus operandi
  • Asks what society or ‘the social’ may mean
  • Forges alliances directly with communities defined by place or by interest / experience / knowledge
  • Directly engages with non-artists to produce art-works

This project is funded by Arts Council of England and supported by partner organisations:

hÅb, Manchester – www.wordofwarning.org

Hope St, Liverpool – www.hope-street.org

Live At LICA, Lancaster – www.liveatlica.org

Point Blank Theatre, Sheffield – www.pointblank.org.uk

The Bluecoat, Liverpool – www.thebluecoat.org.uk

Theatre in the Mill, Bradford – www.brad.ac.uk/theatre

Yorkshire Dance, Leeds – www.yorkshiredance.com

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