AboutThis series of events brings together an international line up of artists, academics and cultural professionals to debate what is at stake in re-imagining new forms of citizenship and modes of civic participation. In a connected, increasingly post-national world, what role do artists and public institutions play in critically querying understandings of citizenship and in creating a space where new sensibilities, terminologies and practices of citizenship are enabled?
The global financial crisis in 2008 and the continuing rise of neo-liberalism as a global phenomenon has seen the diminishment and redrawing of the public sphere. Resulting cuts to many areas of daily life, including the arts, health, education and community provision, have also shifted the perceived roles and responsibilities of cultural institutions.
Pressure has grown on arts institutions to play a more dominant role in the maintenance of a public sphere, to play more active roles in their understanding of community, and to respond to the decrease in provision for marginalized and vulnerable members of society. In parallel, institutions have pushed our understanding of art publics, of the role of art and artists in relation to the public sphere and of the responsibility of the art institution in initiating public debate.
This panel examines how some institutions are responding to pressures to be more active agents within their communities.
Senior NHS Art Psychotherapist Sheila Grandison
Director of the Showroom gallery Emily Pethick
Curator Wiebke Trunk, and artist Nanna Luth.