Category: Resources

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 3 – Artists take over

For the first time in the 3-day workshop, the artists were given complete autonomy of the gallery sans mentors or Site staff. They needed to start considering what exactly will be taking place and lay out a game plan for the next couple of weeks. Already, the main room is laden with traces of activity from the first 2 workshop days: sheets of paper tacked everywhere, thoughts and ideas scrawled onto walls, tables strewn with notes and books. Visitors today have been invited to wander into the space to see what is happening and have a chat. As concepts develop and artists interact with their audience, the exhibition area is palpably transformed; the creative process is transparent and the communication between the artist and viewer candid. I am looking forward to seeing how they will harness this social aspect artistically and critically.

It has been decided that Wednesday 8 February will be the official opening day for the projects. However, if you would like to see how the artists are getting on with the planning (you could easily talk to some of them if things aren’t too hectic), call in on Tuesday 7 February during our normal opening times (10:00am – 5:30pm).

Slight tangent: while reading about the “Living as Form” exhibition, I came across Claire Bishop‘s talk on “Participation and Spectacle: Where We Are Now”. It’s long, but definitely one worth bookmarking.


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Artist blog 1: Adam Denton

Art Thoughtz on Relational Aesthetics


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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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CAMP can mean many things

Being somewhat elusive about what CAMP actually stands for, this artist collaborative work flexibly in various configurations within their core group collecting ideas and developing them into “interests and forms”. Their most recent work is The Edgeware Project which runs as part of Serpentine Gallery’s public programme. Visit their site here.


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Be engaged

engage is a UK organisation that has a diverse membership of educators, artists, curators and writers who are dedicated to promoting and providing access to the visual arts. If you are interested in getting involved with their work, you can become a member and enjoy membership benefits.


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Let’s go Elsewhere

Come and play: Elsewhere is a living museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. The site was once a thrift store owned by director George Scheer’s grandmother and is a veritable time capsule of 5 kaleidoscopic decades of the mid-20th century. Boarded up in 1987 and eventually reopened in 2003, the shop has become a musem-cum-meeting place for leaving one’s creative mark. Artists and groups are regularly invited to take part in this perpetual work-in-progress by rearranging and reinterpreting the objects housed within its walls.


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