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Seminar - Work of mutual interest: Galleries and artists engaging with audiences

Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD 
Wednesday 23rd April 2014,         
10.30am - 4pm

This discussion seminar offers an opportunity to hear about recent projects where galleries have worked with artists to engage with people through off-site programmes.

Looking at why and how projects have developed from both the galleries’ and artists’ points of view, projects and presentations will include:
- Collective, All Sided Games
- National Galleries Scotland, The Nation//Live
- Tramway, Albert Drive

During the afternoon we will hear from artists and filmmakers including:
- Anthony Schrag
- Arpita Shah
- Daniel Warren
- Kevin Reid
- Martin O’ Connor

We will discuss how galleries and artists collaborate with each other and audiences during off-site projects and where the power lies within these relationships.

The seminar comes towards the end of The Nation//Live exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and part way through Collective’s All Sided Games project.

The seminar will be of interest to people working in the visual arts, galleries and museums, in the fields of education, learning and participation and to artists working in participatory settings. 

This is a free event but booking is essential. Please download and complete a booking form and return to: engage, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Email: info@engage.org Fax: +44 (0)20 7739 3688

We have worked hard to keep this a FREE event with lunch and refreshments provided.

Many thanks to Collective and National Galleries Scotland for their support of this seminar.

All Sided Games
All Sided Games is a series of off-site commissions managed by Collective, placing artists in and around venues built or used for the Edinburgh 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games and in venues to be used for the Glasgow 2014 Games. It brings people together to make work of mutual interest.

Collective invite a wide audience to engage with new contemporary art through its ambitious programme of exhibitions, commissions, participatory and off-site projects. This includes its Satellites Programme, Observers Walks, All Sided Games and events.

Collective’s programme presents contemporary art in all its diversity. It creates a space for dialogue with current developments and debates, contextualising them to make them relevant to our site, artists and audiences.

National Galleries of Scotland (NGS)
The Nation//Live
This is the first major community outreach project for the new Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG). This nationwide project has been the principal focus of NGS community outreach activity from 2011-14, culminating in a major exhibition at the newly refurbished Gallery which opened in October 2013.

The outreach team worked in depth with communities and local partners in four selected Scottish regions and their fifth project drew participants from across Scotland.These encounters between the past and the present, the national and the local, linked local heroes, characters and events to the SNPG collection.

Facilitated by commissioned artists, participants created artworks representing key historical moments relevant to their region. The five projects have been unifiedin a contemporary video artwork by filmmaker Daniel Warren, which features in the project exhibition in the Contemporary Scotland Gallery at the SNPG, running until May 2014.

Spanning key regions and encompassing crucial turning points in the nation’s history, The Nation//Live presents a dramatic vision of Scotland’s story as interpreted by its communities today.

Tramway and Glas(s) Performance
ALBERT DRIVE is large-scale creative project involving artists, volunteers, local businesses, residents, families, individuals and communities in a exploration into the idea of neighbour from the perspective of one street in Pollokshields, Glasgow.

The project first began in October 2011 with a three month residency at Tramway and in an attempt to research and develop the idea on Albert Drive. At this time, theatre company Glas(s) Performance, worked with second year students studying on the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in order to create the very first version of the work. The process culminated in a show in which an audience walked along Albert Drive visiting performances by members of the community along the way. This first version of the project was a huge success and attracted a really positive response. At this stage it was also clear there were still ideas to explore, a greater number of people left to meet and much more to discover about the neighbours living on Albert Drive.

In October 2012, Glas(s) Performance and Tramway launched the next phase of the ALBERT DRIVE Project.

Between October and July 2013, we met well over 1,000 people who live and work in Pollokshields. We visited community centres, halls, schools, homes, gardens, churches, mosques, gurdwaras and living rooms. We shared tea, cake, mango lassi and gulab jamun. We sang songs, told stories, played bingo, football and backgammon. We looked at old photographs and learned new recipes. There have been conversations about big things and small things, things we have agreed on and moments of difference. It has all been about meeting our neighbours and thinking more about what it means for us all to live alongside each other in Scotland today.

Posted on 7 April 2014

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