The Arches & Behaviour 2015 present
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. www.amomentspeace.co.uk
To find out more about the two projects Evans will be reflecting upon visit their dedicated websites:
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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All Behaviour shows are 18 and over unless by prior arrangement. Please call Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are under 18 and would like to attend.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”