Critical Communities

24 Feb 2009 – 30 May 2009

Regular hours

12:00 – 20:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00


England, United Kingdom


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What does being critical mean to you?


Are you an artist/writer involved in new work? Are you interested in developing your critical skills? Critical Communities is a dialogue, discussion and writing project that will explore and expand what it means to be critical in writing on and as new work (live and interdisciplinary art). We are looking for 10 local practitioners who want to explore critical writing in relation to their writing/artistic practice, to take part in each of two regional hubs: London & Yorkshire. Critical Communities is a New Work Network and Open Dialogues project, supported by East Street Arts, The London Consortium and Space Critical Communities will run from February to May 2009, and will take place through face to face meetings and online. Together, we will discuss contemporary notions of the critical and the role of critical writing in relation to new work. The project will culminate in a print-on-demand publication, produced by the writers and artists involved in Critical Communities, to be published in 2009. Critical Communities is designed to generate debate around the ways we critically engage and communicate live and interdisciplinary arts practices. At the end of the project, participants will have participated in group discussions and feedback about their work, have developed their skills as writers and editors, and had the opportunity to be selected for the Critical Communities publication, edited by Open Dialogues. Critical Communities is looking for people who are willing to develop the project collaboratively, work as a team and take an active role in creating a Critical Community. Commitment and Selection criteria: It is essential that each Critical Communities participant commit to attending all 3 discussion events, the 1 day editorial workshop and contribute to the NWN online forum space. It is also anticipated that you work to develop and submit a text to the final publication. For further details and to download an application pack see: Or to request an application pack, email: with ‘Critical Communities' as the subject line. Application Deadline: 10.00 am 9th February 2009 Critical Communities participants must be members of NWN to take part in the project and online forums. About Open Dialogues Open Dialogues is a UK based collaboration that produces critical writing and debate on contemporary interdisciplinary and live art. For more details see and About New Work Network (NWN) NWN is a national membership organsiation developing and promoting new performance, live and interdisciplinary arts practice. NWN provides opportunities for networking, critical debate, advocacy, professional development schemes, signposting, information exchange and an online social networking website. Join online: A New Work Network and Open Dialogues project, supported by East Street Arts, The London Consortium and Space,,


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