Plato's Table: Hospitality and Participatory Practice Symposium @ The Drill Hall

14 Apr 2008

Event times

10am - 7pm

Cost of entry

Institutions £80, Individuals £50


Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Venue: The Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Initiated by Collective Gallery. Supported by Tramway and the Scottish Arts Council.

Speakers: Phil Collins, Charles Esche, Gob Squad, Kate Gray, Sarah Munro, Simon Sheikh, Angharad Wynne-Jones and Matt Stokes.
Commissioned meals: Ruth Ewan
Design Commission: Š bäke

At the heart of this symposium will be two meals eaten together around six tables where facilitators and delegates will debate issues arising from keynote presentations. This structure adopts the Platonic vision of a symposium as an active exchange of ideas facilitated through shared dining.

Throughout the day key interconnected issues will be addressed such as:
• Culture as public space
• The connectivity of artist to audience through the construction of new work and participatory practice
• Support for artists professional development within different contexts.
• How do you evaluate such practices and what are the ethical issues that arise?

The structure of Plato's Table aims to:
• Increase participation in dialog by using a less hierarchical learning structure
• Shift from a passive listening environment to a dynamic engaged model of collaborative learning
• Addresses hospitality as a key aspect of engaging a broad constituent ie. Arts professionals, artists, policy makers and public
• Encourages cross art form debate amongst practitioners and producers in visual, performance and music practices.

Through the exploration of the concepts of 'hospitality' and 'public engagement' the speakers will address specific aspects of the dialogue around 'art in the public sphere' and 'participatory arts practice' with specific reference to their work as Producers, Curators and/or Theorists.

Plato's table marks the culmination of the Collective's One Mile Programme: a three-year programme of participatory commissions and the development of a new phase of production facilitated through the Collective Gallery.

To book: please ring Tramway's Box Office on 0845 330 3501.


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