Category: Mentors

Last call: Project round-up

Saturday 18 February was the last day of A time and a place. We were fortunate to have Jude Thomas join us and lead an evaluation session with the artists and Site staff. Although we were tucked away in the smaller space for this, the gallery remained open to the public and visitors could still wander around the unmanned project stations or listen in our conversations. From Jude’s activities, it was evident that the residency had become a unique opportunity for many of us to work collaboratively with new people, identify overlapping interests and pursue unexpected tangents. With just an hour in between to get the space ready for the evening’s closing do, we quickly tidied away remnants of the morning’s work just as the first guests arrived. Some photos from our farewell:

Charlotte Morgan's research analyses and pictures of all things library.

Abi Goodman and Sarah Smizz's wall clutter of RE:Advertisements, a popular stop for many visitors.

Tired but happy: Emily Musgrave and Hannah Knights can finally breathe easy after an intense two-week residency.

A group of vocal volunteers for Adam Denton‘s Co-Fragilities piece phoned in during the closing event to give a remote live performance:

A massive thank you to all ten artists for their time, openness and wonderful ideas, and to mentors Steve Pool, Kate Genever and Ania Bas for their input. I will invite a few of the artists to guest-blog any final thoughts here. Do come back and visit!

(This edition’s photo credit goes to Sarah Smizz — thanks!)


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ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings

(Thanks to Kate Genever for pointing out this new initiative.)

ArtWorks: The newest Special Initiative from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, ArtWorks is a workforce development scheme that seeks to meet the needs of artists at different stages in their careers – from the aspiring young artist embarking on training, to experienced practitioners who wish to progress their output. It is seeking to build on good practice to enhance the existing development infrastructure.”


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Art Practice in a Social Context: Symposium


Knutton Road Studios in Parson Cross.

Welsh artist Steffan Jones-Hughes reported on a symposium that took place 2 months ago in which A time and a place mentors Steve Pool and Kate Genever gave a talk about Knutton Road Studios at Parson Cross. Director of CCA Glasgow Francis McKee was also invited to present. The event was supported by Turning Point Yorkshire & Humber.


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Artist Workshop Day 2 – A “Simple” Task

In the afternoon, a “simple” task for the artists: with a budget of £50, they were given a time (one hour) and a place (the main gallery). Their task was to work together to fill the space, whereupon they decided to focus on sound and light. The mentors and team staff left for the duration and on their return found the gallery filled with dozens of tealights scattered across the floor. The artists were sitting cross-legged facing one of the artists Steve Anwar, who then led a ten-minute meditation session. Slightly surprised, the mentors nonetheless looked for a spot to sit down and take part. Afterwards, there was the opportunity to reflect on what took place — how to fulfil the task within the limited time — and whether there is something to be learned from the spontaneity of the assignment.




Toni Elday, Site Gallery Creative Apprentice

Artist Workshop Day 2 – Morning Discussion

On the second day of the workshop, there was a lengthy morning discussion in which the artists and mentors talked about different approaches of social art practices and attempted to place them within the programme’s framework. Aside from programme mentor Ania Bas who came up from London to join us, we also invited art curator / consultant David  Gilbert to take part in the conversation. Along with Kate, Steve, Laura (Site’s Artistic Director) and our group of artists, it made for an extremely lively and informative session that provided a historical context to the planning process.


Toni Elday, Site Gallery Creative Apprentice


How to work with people: texts

At day 2 of our pre-programme workshop, Ania Bas presented a selection of important publications that deal with working with people as part of an artistic practice. Some of them are available to purchase at Site Gallery’s shop, which I will note below the image.

"The Applied Social Arts", Artur Żmijewski

"Situation", edited by Claire Doherty (available at the Site Gallery Shop)


"Participation", edited by Claire Bishop (available at the Site Gallery Shop)

"Curating and the Educational Turn", edited by Paul O’Neill and Mick Wilson

"Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing", edited by Paul De Bruyne and Pascal Gielen

"Interrogation Wallsall", Anna Francis


"Praktika: Huntly, Aberdeenshire: Socially engaged art practice", edited by Claudia Zeiske


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Chock full of resources: Ania Bas’s edition

Ania Bas has also offered up an extensive collection of creative projects in social space and websites to organisations that are dedicated to the research and promotion of dialogical / collaborative art practices:


on hospitable criticality
features our mentors kate genever and steve pool
relational aesthetics + politics
3 absolutely brilliant discussions
artist placement group
working with the town as a venue – brilliant town-scale project + a handbook how to do it:
and some projects/examples/ways of working:

>>> In London:

Communal Knowledge / The Showroom

The Cut / [ s p a c e ]…

Edgware Road Project / The Serpentine Gallery…

Creative Mapping / Iniva

Interaction Projects / Artangel

Golden Threads / Delta Arts…

We are also interested in using empty spaces and are following Meanwhile Space who are launching their Whitechapel space this week.

Meanwhile Space


Wysing Arts Centre

Radar / Loughborough

Situations / Bristol

Relational/ Bristol

Deveron Arts / Huntly / Scotland

Bedford Creative Arts / Bedford


Art in Rose Hill / Modern Arts Oxford / Oxford


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Chock full of resources: Kate Genever’s edition

Our mentor Kate Genever has kindly given us a list of great websites that are helpful in understanding what participation can mean for A time and a place:

Foreign Investments

“The group with its fluctuating membership, rare appearances and selected projects questions and challenges the established routes of commerce and transaction, by disrupting them with actions of hospitality and generosity.”

rednile projects

“rednile projects aim to initiate and deliver innovative contemporary art projects in the public realm, to nurture emerging and mid career creative talent through experimentation and collaboration. Our grass roots projects involve artists, specialists, communities, businesses and explore the fabric of a place to ensure everyone can explore and enjoy art.”


“Kultivator is an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice, situated in rural village Dyestad, on the island Öland on the southeast coast of Sweden. By installing certain functions in abandoned farm facilities, near to the active agriculture community, Kultivator provide a meeting and working space that points out the parallels between provision production and art practice, between concrete and abstract processes for survival.”

Van Abbemuseum

“The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. [...] The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s role in society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important.”

Didier Courbot

“Working with a range of media – sculpture, video, photography – Courbot documents the urban environment with an extraordinary sensitivity. His recreations of specific elements and his subtle interventions draw attention to the forgotten and discarded.”

Parson Cross

“A commission to undertake a residency that asked the question – What can arts practice offer communities? This work is part of a larger Paul Hamlyn funded project looking at relational practice.” – a project by The Collaborators.

The Collaborators

The Collaborators are an independent, artists led initiative and research group. We actively position ourselves and our work within the wider social context where ideas, people, places, problems, practices and experiences become the foundation and the reason for a collaboration.”


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Our mentoring team

We are very excited to have a wonderful team of mentors who will be supporting our artists: Steve Pool (from the Sheffield-based group The Collaborators), Kate Genever (from the Sheffield-based group The Collaborators) and Ania Bas (collaborative artist). Welcome aboard!


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