Blog for the research project Spaces of HOPE: The Hidden History of Community Led Planning in the UK.
How can images and aesthetics support community led campaigns? In this blog, Loraine Leeson draws on her experiences with the Docklands Community Poster Project, describing how certain images can become a powerful ‘currency’ for communicating issues and arguments to wider audiences.
6.30pm Sunday 22nd May online
Loraine Leeson will talk about her chapter “Active Energy: Bringing Local Knowledge into the Public Realm” for the recently published book Ecoart in Action.
Register for the event here
The event provides an overview of Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities. Compiled from 67 members of the Ecoart Network. Ecoart in Action stands as a field guide for ecoart practice. It provides adaptable strategies for engaging a wide range of learners within a variety of learning environments.
February 1st 2022 saw publication by the Ecoart artist network of Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities.
Loraine Leeson’s chapter ‘Active Energy: Bringing Local Knowledge into The Public Realm’ takes the Active Energy project as a case study of arts and pedagogy.
The arts are an excellent means of celebrating, communicating and consolidating ideas, but artists do not know everything and can work to greater effect with experts in other fields. These might be local people who are in touch with the needs of their community, professionals in other disciplines, or groups and institutions that can offer contextual knowledge. Collaboration creates insight, where each witnesses a multiplication of their own set of skills and experience when interfacing with others as part of a team. A function of the artist’s role in these situations is to nurture and facilitate this process in a way that allows for the diversity of expectations and enables each party, including themselves, to achieve their goal.
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Webinar on the activities and findings of a recent Arts and Humanities/Global Challenges research project that has been supporting child wellbeing in areas of conflict through the arts
9:00 am to 12:00 pm UK (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm IST)
Wednesday 19th January 2022
Feel free to dip in and out… but please register in advance as the direct zoom link will be sent to registered attendees closer to the date.
The event will explore how the arts are being used to support child wellbeing in a school in Kashmir, India. A series of short presentations will narrate the processes and outcomes of the recently concluded project The Art of Healing, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council project. Discussions will be led by academics, artists, and local stakeholders who will provide insights into the role of the arts and art therapy to support healing and mental wellbeing for young people living in conflict-affected areas. Followed by discussion.
Art of Healing website:
Glasgow Womens Library, 14th August – 16th October 2021
How have individuals and collectives imagined alternative ways of living and organising? Life Support considers how artists and activists have addressed and challenged experiences of care, health, education, housing and home life.
The exhibition includes materials from the Docklands Community Poster Project originally shown in If You Lived Here…, an exhibition curated by artist Martha Rosler at Dia Art Foundation, New York 1989-90.
Jade Spencer has written an article entitled The People’s Plan for the Royal Docks for ERA magazine to find “inspiration in the current moment’: ideas for what Mark Fisher called ‘an alternative modernity’, piercing the neoliberal logic of development which risks defining our recent history”.
Kashmir is the centre of both a geopolitical struggle between India and Pakistan and an indigenous independence movement, one of the most militarised areas in the world. Since 1989 more than 80,000 people have been killed and everyday life is marked by the presence of military, curfews, stone-pelting and demonstrations. Children are particularly vulnerable in militarised areas and healing trauma is central for sustainable peace.
FEMINIST ART ACTIVISMS AND ARTIVISMS edited by Katy Deepwell examines different art practices through discussions on identity, gender, power structures and politics and contributes to dialogues between feminist thought and activism in relation to visual arts
“Projects can gain longevity if they are rooted in community and not subject to the overarching constraints of commissions or funding bodies. Through supporting concerns identified by senior citizens in East London, Active Energy has been able to address urgent ecological issues and discover new ways that crucial local knowledge can have an effect both locally and with a constituency far beyond its own borders.” – Dr. Loraine Leeson
cSPACE director Dr. Loraine Leeson has worked with communities through the visual arts for over forty years, creating artworks and initiatives in the public domain.
13.00 – 14.30 Tuesday 1st December
“Does ArtWash or does ArtWork?”
Loraine Leeson in debate with Stephen Pritchard on artist involvement in community-led visioning