The Arches Commons: At the Heart

The Arches & Behaviour 2015 present

The Arches Commons: At the Heart

Sat 25 Apr 2015 | 2.30pm | Free, Unticketed | 14+ (under-16s must be accompanied by an adult)

What is at the heart of socially engaged arts practice?

The aftermath of the Referendum debate saw public engagement in politics reach electric heights and there continues to be a clear appetite for a juster society. This interactive discussion will ask what the role of socially engaged arts practice in Scotland might be and what makes it unique to participatory work in general.

Through reflections on two of her most recent projects, Catrin Evans will discuss her learning so far and share some of the big questions that she is interrogating as she plans her next large scale socially engaged arts project. Is our work about empowering individuals and communities to find their place in the world, or supporting them to challenge that world? Are we inspiring compliance or agitation? How can our projects feed into the larger grassroots movement that is seeing people power challenge mainstream narratives? This discussion will be interactive and open; inviting us to consider what the values are at heart of an artist or organisations’ socially engaged practice. Evans is the Artistic Director of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company.

A Moment’s Peace deliver arts projects in and with communities. Our work explores the links between personal stories and urgent political or social issues. We are dedicated to making new work that engages, entertains and challenges. Our cross art-form approach means we appeal to broad audiences, and our commitment to grassroots delivery ensures we create work for individuals and communities who may otherwise feel excluded from the arts.

To find out more about the two projects Evans will be reflecting upon visit their dedicated websites:

Endurance (2014): | I Could Eat A Horse (2013):

This discussion is part of A Moment’s Peace’s long-term inquiry into socially engaged practice, with plans to publish a book in 2017. The R&D phase of the project is supported by the Caloustie Gulbenkian Foundation.

Hosted by guest facilitators, The Arches Commons is an open place for discussion by and for artists, based around themes explored in BEHAVIOUR 2015. Join us.

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