Truth-Dare-Art: Social Practice Forum (12-13 July 2019) was devised by artist Laurence Rushby and will feature three guest artists.
On Friday in Southampton our headline speaker is Marcelo (R.M. Sánchez-Camus) from the Social Art Network, followed by local film-maker Asten Holmes-Elliot. Laurence Rushby will also take us on an interactive tour of the John Hansard Gallery exhibition ‘Resist: be modern (again)’.
On Saturday, the venue for our activities is Andover Radio station but we will take a short walk to CAS to participate in the installation of guest Resident Artist Jade Monserrat. Her exhibition will be open to the public during the week. Read on, for more information about this inspiring line-up.
Friday 12 July, Southampton
1. R.M.Sánchez-Camus, co-founder of Social Art Network
R.M. Sánchez-Camus, known as Marcelo is a creative practitioner and UK-settled migrant born in New York City to parents who emigrated from Chile. His research interests include audience interaction, public spectacle, social systems, the body politic and spatial imagination. His arts practice include collaborative performance-making, psychogeographic explorations, installations and socially-engaged live events.
Recent work focuses on the building of support and exchange systems for artists working in social art practice. Marcelo is the co-founder of Social Art Network and recently co-convened the Social Art Summit in Sheffield in planning the world’s first Social Art Biennial. He has extensive experience in arts & health with a focus on arts as a therapeutic intervention in the dying process.
Project partners include Tate Exchange, Site Gallery, Freedom Festival, Artangel and People United. Recent publications including the journal articles Righting On Social Practice, Defining Praxis in Social Engagement and the books Applied Live Art: Co-authorship in socially engaged site-responsive performance practice and End of Life Care: A Guide for Therapists, Artists and Arts Therapists.
In 2016 artists Eelyn Lee and R.M. Sánchez-Camus co-founded Social Art Network (SAN), a UK based community of artists committed to building agency for the field of art and social practice.
In November 2018 SAN convened the Social Art Summit, an artist-led review of socially engaged arts practice in the UK, taking place over two days in sites across Sheffield.
By convening practitioners from around the country to share practice and discuss ideas, the Summit explored what it means to be making art through social engagement right now. Following the Social Art Summit SAN is busy building it’s network of artists and test ideas for the first ever Social Art Biennale to be held in changing locations from 2020.https://www.facebook.com/socialartnetwork/
2. Asten Holmes-Elliott
Asten is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines ideas of identity, otherness and belonging. They use a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, photography and filmmaking to research, archive and historicise fringe communities and resist their erasure and exclusion. Asten uses unconventional gallery space to encourage accessibility and approachability whilst amplifying visibility and community cohesion. Many exhibitions are interactive, where both artist and audience become performer and subject. Most recently, Asten has been looking at the use of artistic practice as a tool for speculative futures with a particular focus on sustainable living and community-building. Website: http://astenholmeselliott.com
Truth-Dare-Art Social Practice Forum coincides with an exhibition curated by Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold for John Hansard Gallery. As it is on show from 15 May – 17 August 2019 you will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition ‘Resist: be modern (again)’ during the course of our event.
‘Resist: be modern (again)’ explores the practices of women artists, designers and writers of the 1920s and 30s through the work of contemporary artists. These early pioneering women were important groundbreakers for their time, many of their ideas are reverberating until today. Their battles against social conventions and aesthetic dogmas paved the way for today’s understanding of an expanded field of art, as well as for contemporary personal freedoms.
‘Resist: be modern (again)’ showcases collaborations between women who, due to either gender, sexuality or ethnicity, have been censored out, devalued or marginalised over time. This exhibition brings their practice and contribution out of the archives and into the foreground. Contemporary artists reactivate and represent these early practices through mapping, transcribing, sampling, referencing, reciting, re-telling or re-making, reclaiming their lasting value and importance for today’s art world and beyond. Read more…
Exhibiting artists: Becky Beasley, Madeleine Bernstorff, Tessa Boffin, Ricarda Denzer, Andrea Geyer, Moira Hille, Alice Maude-Roxby, Nick Mauss, Ursula Mayer, Falke Pisano, Ingrid Pollard, Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah, Katie Schwab, Stefanie Seibold, Megan Francis Sullivan, S. Louisa Wei, Riet Wijnen, Gillian Wylde, and a contribution by curator Beatriz Herráez.
Saturday 13 March 2019, Andover
3. CAS Guest Resident Artist Jade Montserrat
Day 2 at Andover Radio Station places us in the heart of a non-profit community organisation. The day will include practical, creative testing of ideas and a visit to CAS for active participation in the art of CAS Resident Artist Jade Montserrat. Website: https://jademontserrat.com
Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Nov – 10 Mar 2019 and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover. Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: SPACE studios (2018), ICA Philadelphia (2018), Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016).
Your host; Laurence Rushby, CAS Associate Artist
Laurence is a French artist who creates installations and thought provoking performances which reflect the energy of physical, emotional, personal and social transformation. She has 22 years of experience delivering projects and consultation in social and educational contexts. Her process-based work echoes the ‘unfinishedness’ (Freire) of human beings, constantly seeking new knowledge through social interaction. The process remains open to re-interpretation and invites new understandings through personal and social agency.
Laurence is currently undertaking PhD research study in Creative Pedagogies at Arts University Bournemouth /University of the Arts London. Her research sets out to investigate the potential for artistic ‘disruption’ to become moments of deep learning for young people in secondary education. The research includes the development of new live-art methodology which revives a progressive educational debate, and hopes to impact on government educational policies in the long term.
Laurence is also developing as an art consultant advocating for the role of artist as a social agent. Passionate about re-imagining professional development as activism, her thoughtful events invite to reflect on the notion of best-practice in the social art scene, where artists and communities tackle social challenges together for long term global social change.