Addressing the debate about the relationships between international and grass roots activity in the UK, the 2012 engage International Conference is open to anyone interested in these subjects.
The event will link artists, curators, and experts in educational programming working in public institutions, to explore how the international and the local can work together.
The themes expected to be discussed are:
– How does participation influence the presentation and interpretation of the international?
– How do grassroots organisations operate internationally?
-How can local participants have genuine opportunities to engage with artists who are ‘passing through’?
Fringe events include:
Visits to g39 and Warp, Chapter Arts Centre and ffoto gallery
Guided Tours around Artes Mundi
Owen Griffiths, artist and curator of the ‘Vetch Veg’ project, Swansea, on ‘grassroots’ activity as actuality and as metaphor
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, co-Directors of CCA Derry-Londonderry, on their project to create a new space for the city during its time as City of Culture
Artists Natasha Kidd and Jo Addison, on collaborating with Tate Modern to create locally produced artists’ learning resources for international touring shows
Karen MacKinnon, curator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, on nurturing the long-term relationship between artists in Swansea and Xiamen, China, in the context of Swansea’s rich local art scene and its many international connections
Jeanine Griffin, Manager of the Art Sheffield festivals & freelance curator/project manager and Sean Edwards, artist, on connecting with international activity in studios, networks and community-level artist and curator development
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