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engage/enquire International Conference 2011: Work in Progress

14-16 November 2011

engage/enquire International Conference:
Work in Progress: artists, education and participation
14th-16th November 2011
Turner Contemporary and the Winter Gardens, Margate

During a decade of increased investment, the number and visibility of artists working with participants has grown rapidly. Posts and activities have flourished in this changing cultural landscape. A curatorial interest in artists’ projects that actively engage the public has led to much discussion in the sector.

This year’s conference will explore and reflect on artists’ participatory practices and consider strategies for working in the visual arts and learning in a restricted economic climate.

  • How does artists’ practice provide opportunities for participation?
  • Who are educators and artists collaborating with, and to what end?
  • What do participants want and expect from engagement?
  • Are our arts organisations sites of reception or sites of production?
  • Do we all – educators, curators, artists and participants – have a shared understanding of what participation is?

Work in Progress will be hosted in partnership with Turner Contemporary, and set against the background of the regeneration of Margate, in which this new gallery plays a critical role. With a range of international speakers and a new round-table format providing increased opportunities for lively discussion and debate, the event will be a chance to refocus, network with colleagues and bring fresh ideas to your practice.

Speakers and contributors include:

  • Karen Eslea, Head of Learning at Turner Contemporary on developing the gallery’s learning programme
  • Artist collective microsillons, Geneva on the international and the local in collaborative projects with young people
  • Artist Fiona Whelan, her long term involvement with young people in Rialto, Dublin
  • Dr. Mick Wilson, Artist/Educator/Writer, Dublin, on the ‘Educational Turn’ in curating

...and many more. For updates go to: http://www.engage.org/conference; follow us on Twitter @engagevisualart http://bit.ly/p46DkR #eng11; and ‘Like’ our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/p8IYVM

Book before 23 September to take advantage of our early booking discount! e-flyer: http://www.engage.org/downloads/engage_Conf_2011.pdf; booking form: http://www.engage.org/conference/11/Conf_11_booking_form.doc

Prices include evening reception on 14 November, lunches and refreshments on 15 & 16 November:

  • engage individual members: £120 / £104 before 23 September
  • engage organisational members: £230 / £205 before 23 September
  • Non-members of engage: £345 / £305 before 23 September*
  • Bursary places: £58, click here for details
  • Conference dinner fee: £15 (in addition to main fee).

To book: complete the form http://www.engage.org/conference/11/Conf_11_booking_form.doc and email it to [email protected] fax it to +44(0)20 7739 3688 or post it to engage, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

Visit www.engage.org/conference