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Community Arts? Learning from the Legacy of Artists' Social Initiatives

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape, Evertro, 2015. Photo: Pete Carr

Sanctuary: The Black-E's participatory theatre game on housing. It shows members of the audience being shown potential properties, 1969. Courtesy of The Black-E archive.

2Up 2Down/Homebaked in Anfield, 2014. Photo: Mark Louden.

Dazzle Island, 2015 at Childwall Sports & Science Academy. Photo: Pete Carr

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape, Evertro, 2015. Photo: Pete Carr

This daylong event brings together distinguished thinkers and practitioners from the field of community arts, in order to discuss the legacy of such practices in the light of a renewed interest in socially engaged art. This event will re-open conversations and instigate new ones, ensuring that important work undertaken in the 1970s and 1980s continues to resonate.

Speakers: Assemble, Ania Bas, Sonia Boyce, Jason E. Bowman, Polly Brannan, Anna Colin, Anna Cutler, Rosie Cooper, Janna Graham, Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Homebaked, Sophie Hope, Nina Edge, Bill Harpe, Wendy Harpe, Loraine Leeson, Angela McKay, Andrea Phillips, Laura Raicovich, Alan Read, Frances Rifkin, Sally Tallant, Nato Thompson and Ed Webb-Ingall.

Read e-flux’s live blog about the day, giving a lively overview of the ideas and issues that were discussed, and take a look through some of the photos from the event here.


This event is part of a weekend of programmes in Liverpool and beyond that considers current approaches in socially engaged art. The Visible Award, hosted by Tate Liverpool, is the first European award for socially engaged artistic practice, celebrating art projects that work with people in the social sphere across the world. On Saturday 31 October, the 2015 Visible Award jury is taking place at the Council Chamber in Liverpool Town Hall. An open public debate will be hosted that leads to the announcement of the prize winner.

The daylong conference is convened by Liverpool Biennial and Andrea Phillips, in association with Visible Award 2015 and Tate Liverpool.


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01 November 2015, Registration: 10.30am Conference: 11am-5pm


The Black-E
1 Great George Street
L1 5EW

TicketsFree, booking required