CAPP event, London 

London Report, CAPP events, March 2017

Staging Post event & Book Launch in London for Collaborative Arts

Partnership Programme Practice, Participation, Politics Gathering

Artists shared their insights and experience of the range of Residency opportunities offered through The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) at a packed to capacity Staging Post event held in Live Art Development Agency, Hackney, London on 8th March. The artists exchanged insights and learnings on their Residencies and the engagement that emerged with the many different groups they collaborated with in the course of the Residency programme.

This gathering in London was the first of a series of CAPP Staging Posts. It offered a forum for reflection on the CAPP residencies which have taken place across the partner countries throughout 2016 and an opportunity to discuss wider issues in relation to artists’ collaborations, public engagement, participation, and social responsibility.

An afternoon of artists’ presentations and additional debates provoked by guest speakers was followed by an evening launch of LADA’s Residency Study Guides and a Long Table discussion, facilitated by Lois Weaver, that aimed to foster conversations and exchange of ideas on social practice, politics and activism. The event also encouraged debate on urgent questions of language, solidarity and what’s at stake in this time of change and uncertainty.

Contributors representing the partners’ CAPP residencies to date included Lois Weaver, Sibylle Peters, Elena Marchevska, Kelly Green, Patrick Fox, Chrissie Tiller, Ailbhe Murphy, Christopher Kline, Viviana Checchia (CCA Glasgow) Orekari, Dafna Maimon, Anna Cutler (Tate Exchange), Selina Thompson, Miklós Tömör, and Juli Reinartz.

The gathering took place within the broader context of LADA’s CAPP residency programme, investigating issues of Live Art and Privilege and generating case studies and methodologies for working with the young, the old, the displaced and those excluded for reasons of class.

Audio and presentations will be available on thisisliveart.co.uk, Create's vimeo channel and cappnetwork.com.

Also that evening Praxis: Volume One, a new publication from Heart of Glass (St. Helens) was launched. “Volume 1 of ‘Praxis’ is an invitation to a conversation. A conversation about community, engagement, collaboration and co-creation. A conversation about art and place and who gets to make art and where it gets made.

Taking two years of projects and initiatives by Heart of Glass; a national agency for collaborative and social practice based in St Helens; as its starting point, it explores the interface between theory and practice. And tries to uncover the possibilities contained in, what Grant Kester calls, ‘the spaces between’.

With contributions by:

Patrick Fox, Chrissie Tiller, Grant Kester, Ailbhe Murphy, Vaari Claffey, Mary Paterson, Michelle Wren, Jude Woods, Prof. Lynn Froggett and Dr. Alastair Roy”

To buy a copy, visit: thisisunbound.co.uk.

CAPP Partner Meeting

There was also a two day Partner Meeting for representatives of the CAPP partner network which included planning for the suite of publications which will emerge from the four year CAPP initiative and which will be vital resources for collaborative arts across Europe. The recent launch of the CAPP website was reviewed and discussions took place on the Commissions strand of the programme, with further planning for the webinars and Staging Posts coming up in the next few months. There was also discussion on how the network would engage the broader policy arena to create change in the provision for collaborative arts within the EU cultural infrastructure www.cappnetwork.com

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