Communities of Practice

2 – 5pm

Newcastle Contemporary Art

This one-day symposium aims to unpick the various themes explored in the exhibition 'No Last Dance'.

2 – 3pm
Panel 1: The Material of Making
Chair: Helen Baker (artist and co-curator of No Last Dance)
Panelists: Dr Ewan Mackenzie (Lecturer in Work and Employment, Newcastle University); Louise Scott (artist); Ian Gonczarow (artist); Sarah Cooney (artist)

The first session examines the challenges artists face when making work and the various forms of support they can draw on to enable them to sustain their practice; and considers the concept of ‘hope labour’ (free and under-compensated work in the ‘hope’ that it will provide value in the future), examining how studio practice is inherently tied to the acts of making and viewing artwork. 

3 – 4pm
Break; tour of exhibition with some of the artists

4 – 5pm
Panel 2: Alternative Futures
Chair: Sue Spark (artist and co-curator of No Last Dance)
Panelists: Paul Hayward (Dean of Academic Programmes, UAL: Central Saint Martins); Suzy O’Hara (curator and Lecturer in Digital Arts, University of Sunderland); Abdullah Qureshi (artist, curator and Lecturer in Fine Art, Northumbria University)

Alternative Futures reflects on the professional and educational landscape that artists need to navigate and how that landscape is being reimagined by artists, curators and educators. What could and should an alternative creative environment look like, and what are individuals or institutions are doing already to question and rethink the way they work? Considering questions of self-organisation, resistance and collaboration, this discussion is intended to build on perceptions of artistic visibility, which informed some of the curatorial thinking for No Last Dance, and examines how those working in the arts can actively affect change.

High Bridge Works 39 High Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

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18 May 2024


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