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Discussion taking place within exhibition Jason E Bowman, Setting the Table (April 2018, BALTIC39).

Open discussion:
Political continuity of community arts movement
Wed 18 Apr 2018

The political continuity of the community arts movement: Open discussion led by Jason E Bowman and Andrea Phillips, BALTIC Professor and Director of the BxNU Institute at Northumbria University

The first in a series of discussions of the history of community art, emphasising its roots in multiple political and social practices. How is community art understood now and how do its practitioners continue to operate? How is ‘community’ understood? What is being facilitated?

Initially focusing on the UK, we will engage with presentations from organisers who have experience in long-established community-oriented organisations and organisers who are working in contemporary arts institutions, where they negotiate current practices of learning and engagement. What are the connections between these social and curatorial practices, and what are the differences?

Guest speakers:
- Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
- Alba Colomo, Curator of Public Programmes and Research, Nottingham Contemporary
- Graeme Rigby, Amber Film & Photography Collective

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