Art, Public + The Commons: Symposium
Friday 22 September, 10:00-16.30
Primary, 33 Seely Road, Nottingham NG7 1NU
Free, booking essential. Book here.

Instructions & collective performance at Art in Public Space: A Critical Reimagining, Bangalore (2017)

‘Art, Public & The Commons’ offers a day of discussions and workshops exploring art in public space, with a focus on themes of imagination, histories, borders and the commons. It follows on from two intensive labs in Bangalore and Nottingham bringing together collectives and artists working with public space, participation and social change across India, the UK and Europe.

Through talks and workshops, the symposium will invite conversations on arts practice in relation to public space and ‘moments of publicness’, developing themes from the labs. We’ll explore questions of exclusion and inclusion in terms of identity, architecture and social structures and look at the ways arts practice can create space for collective imagining. We’ll be sharing ways of working with diverse place-based histories and stories, asking – what do places inherit, what is preserved and what is rendered invisible? Through the symposium we are interested in looking at how ideas of the commons and practices of commoning inform organisations, and sharing tools and models for working in the public realm.

Drinks and lunch will be provided, we will be asking for a £5 contribution on the day.

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Art, Public + The Commons: Lab
20–21 September 2017

CCA: Pot Luck at Saramago. Photo: Beatrice Infrano

As part of the Making Place programme, and ‘Here There and Everywhere’, Primary co-organised a four-day Lab with Maraa in Bangalore in June – Art in Public Space: A Critical Reimagining. This Lab explored the themes of imagination, inheritance, borders and boundaries in relation to art practice and its politics in the public realm, with collectives working across India. Discussions that emerged from the lab included analytical models to critically evaluate collective structures to introspect on what shapes the politics of our work, and how this determines where, how and with whom we choose to work; the need to search, listen and retell stories that are often repressed and forgotten; the role of artistic practice and process in a public space, constantly affected by several variables; tools and methods to work with diverse publics in a given geographical community. It allowed collectives to reflect and critique each others’ work, and also encouraged artist to think of potential collaborations within specific contexts and around artistic practices.

A second lab in September brings together Maraa (Bangalore), Forager Collective (Bangalore), ZK/U – Centre for Art & Urbanistics (Berlin), Idle Women (North West England), Public Works (London), Social Housing Arts Network (Manchester), Nina Edge (Liverpool), In Certain Places (Preston, TBC), CCA (Glasgow), Ian Nesbitt (Sheffield), alongside Nottingham-based Boseda Olawoye, Sam Metz, Jo Wheeler, Jagdish Patel, Primary and Anti Gallery.

The two-day lab will provide space for reflection and critical conversation for groups and artists working with public space, participation and social change. We will also share outcomes and questions from the first lab. The workshop will be followed by a one-day public symposium, to widen the conversation out to more people working in this area, and share ideas and practice through talks and workshops.

Here, There and Everywhere at FORMAT FESTIVAL

FORMAT Festival, Derby, marked the first UK iteration of Here, There and Everywhere. FORMAT exhibited Shivani Gupta’s Thread Whispers; a photography project by Aradhana Seth, The Merchant of Images; and a live audio-visual performance of Indian electronic music by Bandish Projekt and Indian Memory Project. Read more.



HTE at UK-India Year of Culture celebrations, Buckingham Palace

Credit- British Ceremonial Arts Limited (BCA)

The best of British and Indian culture was celebrated by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception. The event was held to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, marking the close ties between the two nations. Representing Here There & Everywhere was Skinder Hundal, CEO of New Art Exchange – the Executive Producers of the project.

Credit: British Ceremonial Arts Limited

HTE India Launch

Here There and Everywhere launched on 22 January 2017 at Mumbai Gallery Weekend. HTE worked in partnership with What About Art?, Chaterjee and Lal.