Mary Schwarz's Blog (17)

The train has left the Platform...

Nicola Turner writes…

When I was asked to curate a series of Platforms, the remit was to examine issues around ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings with the aspiration of reaching a wider community of practice. Speakers selected were to be working in the field, generating practice, and the seminars were aimed at an audience interested in finding out more about the learning from ArtWorks and the wider debate around developing practice.…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on March 3, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Work that's important... for young and old

Kathryn Deane writes...

I like Youth Music’s music mentoring programme. It’s not mentoring in music – it’s mentoring through music. Here’s an example from Noise Solution, working with young people involved in the child and adolescent mental health service, CAMHS.

At first…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on February 11, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Still, Understanding

Catherine Cartwright writes...

What relevance does the concept still have for participatory practice? This piece is a reflection on the role of the artist in participatory practice, drawn from my current residency at a women’s refuge and my previous project work with vulnerable women.  Through exploring still’s definition and connotations I propose an alternative framework for viewing…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on January 13, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Biting the hand that feeds

Anthony Schrag writes...

I am a practice-based PhD fellow at Newcastle University and my research explores the intersection of the institution, the artist and the public in the realm of ‘participatory arts’.

 

This research is relevant for two main reasons – firstly, as this genre becomes more established (and popular), there is a need to explore how participation projects are being implemented…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on December 2, 2013 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

Why it's the participants, stupid...

Kathryn Deane writes...

 

‘I am first and foremost an artist – and as an artist I want to serve the community. [...] Today it is the community, or all of us in our own small ways, that orders the artist about. And I do not think that is such a bad thing either. It is not a bad thing for an artist to try to serve all sorts of different people’ (Kildea, 2003: 33).

 

Not my words – I’m not an artist, just an administrator –  but those of Benjamin…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on November 4, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Wheels and whirligigs...

I was back to work after a summer break that marked finishing two ArtWorks Working Papers and was starting to write a third, when I realised I was missing a Provocation Piece for September.

 

My ongoing contingency for this eventuality is ‘Write it yourself’. My tried and trusted solution for addressing a writing challenge is one of two things – tidying the office or walking the dogs. On this occasion, I did both. Serendipity scored again, albeit aided and abetted…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on September 16, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

International partnerships opportunity

TANDEM-Community & Participation aims to establish long term partnerships between cultural organisations working in the field of community arts, voluntary or amateur arts and (non formal) arts education in the Netherlands and its neighbouring countries  –  Germany, Belgium and yes, the UK.

An exchange programme for cultural managers, TANDEM focuses on citizens’ inclusion and active participation in local arts and culture and community life. It comprises working…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on September 12, 2013 at 14:34 — No Comments

Communities at our core

Devinda De Silva writes…

We all know that there’s a huge amount of innovative participatory work done by artists, but should it stop with artists? Opening up a whole organisation to the ideas, opinions and thoughts of individuals and communities would start up a genuine two-way learning process.

 

By this I mean having all departments, staff and associates engaging with and embedding the community in all strands of their work. It could…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on July 1, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Kirsten Sams writes about the ArtWorks Scotland student placement programme in prisons...

Over the past two months, prisoners in seven Scottish prisons (Barlinnie, Cornton Vale, Dumfries, Glenochil, Greenock, Low Moss and Shotts) have been benefitting from an ambitious student placement programme funded by Artworks Scotland. Designed primarily to give Environmental Art and Sculpture students from Glasgow School of Art (GSA) a better understanding of the skills, knowledge and qualities that artists need to work in a prison context and to develop their employability skills in…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on June 30, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Art feeds the soul but who feeds the artist?

 

Susan Jones writes...

 

During May, a-n The Artists Information Company put a spotlight on some new evidence that, along with that drawn from across the ArtWorks partnerships, raises issues about how we’re valuing artists – financially and otherwise – within arts infrastructures and policies.

 

Most worrying perhaps is our new guide to the impact on artists of…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on June 3, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Planting participation

Professor Paul Harris, Professor Anne Douglas and Chris Fremantle from Gray’s School of Art write:

You have in front of you a typewritten text. It could be poetry. It is an invitation to action, but not exactly an instruction. It reads:

planting a square of turf

amid grass like it

planting another

amid grass a little less green

planting four more squares

in places progressively drier

planting a square of dry turf…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on May 7, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

From knowledge transfer to exchange...

Susanne Burns writes...

It is clear that within the current economic and political climate there is a need for substantial transformation in our business models, our ways of working and our overall view of the way the field is structured. It seems apparent that this will require a series of significant paradigm shifts.  In particular, we need to see a shift away from the model of organisations as individual units competing for…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on March 4, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Breaking an existing mind-set – should employers take the lead?

Annie Sheen writes...

Appraisals, performance reviews, career development assessments – whatever we happen to call them – remain, for many of us, a standard part of employment and an important part of our CPD.

Recently, I have been considering whether it should be up to employers to take the leading role in the CPD of freelance practitioners and a session at the recent ABO (Association of British Orchestras) conference last week focused on the…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on February 4, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Shifting the ground?

Peter Moser, Artistic Director at More Music writes...

 

I am white, of German/Swiss/English heritage and have a very confused sense of my traditional roots. I spend my life working with music from many cultures and many genres and create new music that draws from all of my life experiences.

 

For 30 years I have worked in participatory music making as an individual and as the Artistic Director of More Music. We regularly look for musicians from diverse cultures…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on January 7, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

What Price CPD?

changing cultures write...

 

Why is it that when we are short of time or funds, CPD is the first thing to go? 

You might think there’s an obvious answer: “I haven’t got time” or “I can’t afford it”.

Okay, it’s harder in difficult economic times for freelancers to pass up the opportunity to earn. And we’ve also seen artists with plenty of work declining CPD if they’re not paid to attend: unwilling to give up a day’s earnings to invest in professional…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on December 3, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Centres of oppositional thinking and even creative radicalism?

 Chrissie Tiller writes:

 

Twelve years ago, as part of an EU programme ‘Transmission - Artists in Participatory Contexts’, we carried out research similar to Consilium’s report on HE and participatory practice. The questions, responses and conclusions from then are disconcertingly similar: ‘… relatively small numbers of initial training institutions willing to address questions... with one or two noteworthy exceptions (Guildhall), very few institutions prepared to consider…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on November 5, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

'A bit of time working with a community might tide them over.'

Paul Collard writes:

 

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative, ArtWorks, is exploring how best to support the development of artists who wish to work in participatory settings. In this context the steering committee for the initiative has been considering a report on the role of Higher and Further Education*. Observing the response the enquiry has provoked among some in the university sector has been instructive.

There are of course some great courses and some…

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Added by Mary Schwarz on October 3, 2012 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

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