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Lois Weaver. Photo: Christa Holka.

Public Address Systems - A workshop with Lois Weaver
21st March 2013
Applications now open

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, is delighted to welcome internationally renowned artist  and academic Lois Weaver to take part in the first event of the ELN (European Learning Network) Programme 2013

Lois Weaver will conduct a one day workshop for professional artists working in or interested in collaborative socially engaged practice. This workshop will offer an intimate optic on the work of Lois Weaver, with particular focus on participatory formats and public engagement through the aesthetics of performance practice.

The workshop will be based on Public Address Systems, a series of projects created and coordinated by Lois Weaver that work as strategies for engaging the public through performance, place and the everyday. These projects include:

  • Creative Hosting – considering alternative uses of institutional space; creating a hosting persona; designing alternative public meeting structures; critical investigations of issues (gender, race and labour) associated with hosting and hospitality.
  • Porch Sitting – a relaxed format for non-hierarchical public discussion which employs phrases such as ‘I wonder…’ rather than ‘I know…’ to generate informal porch musings on formal topics.
  • The Long Table – an installation inspired by Marleen Gorris' film Antonia's Line that experiments with using the private form of a dinner party as a structure for public debate. The Long Table has been installed as a public dinner party between artists, activists, academics, advocates and general audiences on subjects such as women in prison, the arts and human rights, democracy and technology.
  • Domestic Terrorism, Hanging Laundry in Public - the act of hanging laundry in public as a means of engaging passers-by in conversation about issues of private and public.

About the workshop

Participants will engage in these strategies and will share tools and ideas for creating their own outcomes. These performative constructs will act as an invitation to explore the role of performance in creating alternative formats that create a space for public discussion.

Public Address Systems workshop by Lois Weaver will invite participants to rethink, explore and experiment with the role of performance in communicating issues, to look at and reflect on the contemporary relationship between art and activism and the role of the artist within various constructs.

The cost of the workshop is €20.

About Lois

Lois Weaver is a lecturer, performance artist, writer, director and activist.  She is Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice at Queen Mary University, London. Lois was co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, Split Britches Company and the WOW Theatre in New York and Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop Theatre in London. She was a partner in Staging Human Rights, a People's Palace Project that uses performance practice to explore human rights in women’s prisons in Brazil and the UK and Director for PSi#12:Performing Rights, an international conference and festival on performance and human rights held at QM in 2006.  Lois is Artistic Producer for Air Project, an Artist in Residence programme that encourages a more robust artist presence in Higher Education and produces platforms for emerging live artists.

How Do You Apply

Places are limited therefore you need to apply in advance of the deadline outlined.

Applicants should submit a CV plus a short statement (150 words max) outlining the reason why you would like to participate in this workshop and how you think it will contribute to your professional development.

Please note applications are only open to practicing professional artists working across disciplines. An active interest in collaborative socially engaged practice is essential. You should have full availability for the day of the workshop from 10am – 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2013.

Submit applications via email to Lynnette Moran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for further information send queries to the email as above or call Lynnette at Create, 01 473 66 00

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – 5pm Friday 15th March 2013.

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