Artquest, in partnership with SPACE, presents a one-day conference for artists and commissioners exploring questions of value in relation to socially engaged artistic practice.
With the emphasis placed on participation and social exclusion in current European, central and local government cultural and regeneration policy there has been an explosion of socially engaged projects in recent years.
This one-day conference will bring together key figures from London, UK and overseas to discuss issues specific to London but equally the wider questions of the value and ownership of contemporary arts practice. It offers practitioners (artists and those who work with them) new perspectives on the opportunities for socially engaged practice in London currently and the professional and critical issues inherent in this type of work.
The theme of 'value' is the focus for the conference: the value of this type of practice to commissioners, participants and artists, questions of how we frame and present this value, and how artists and commissioners together can express and capture value. Expressing the value of the arts in social and regeneration contexts is also a key ongoing concern of policy bodies and opinion-formers including Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and this event will contribute new perspectives to this discourse.
Jude Kelly OBE
Artistic Director, South Bank Centre