ArtWorks Critical Conversations: Dialogues Around the Practice of Arts in Participatory Settings

ArtWorks Critical Conversations: Dialogues Around the Practice of Arts in Participatory Settings

With Ilana Mitchell and Darren O’Donnell, chaired by Sophie Hope
Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6pm - 8pm
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets are free, but a deposit is required

As part of the ongoing series of ‘critical conversations’ supported by ArtWorks North East, BALTIC 39 is pleased to host a conversation between Ilana Mitchell, Artistic Director of Wunderbar, and Darren O’Donnell, Artistic Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex.

Taking place in an open learning atmosphere the conversation will enable the artists to reflect on and share their practice with others in a way that enables challenging questions to be asked around the practice of arts in participatory settings.

Click here to book your ticket for our the ArtWorks Critical Conversation with Darren O'Donnell

Click here to book your ticket for our the ArtWorks Critical Conversation with Ilana Mitchell.

Based in the North East of England but working nationally and internationally, Wunderbar has a growing a reputation for being “playfully disruptive, seriously curious.” From Latitude Festival to Festival of Thrift, from Bedford to Tasmania, from opera as problem solver to edible manicures, their participatory arts project create dynamic participation between audiences and artists - and everyone in between.  Click here to visit Wunderbar's website.

Click here to book your ticket for our the ArtWorks Critical Conversation with Darren O'Donnell

Click here to book your ticket for our the ArtWorks Critical Conversation with Darren O'Donnell

Mammalian Diving Reflex is a culture production workshop dedicated to investigating the social sphere. Based in Canada, MDR creates site and social-specific performance events, theatre-based productions, gallery-based participatory installations, video products, art objects and theoretical texts.  Click here to visit Mammilian Driving Reflex's website.

MDR and Wunderbar have collaborated on projects including Haircuts by Children (2009) and Nightwalks with Teenagers (2014).  MDR’s young people’s programme, Young Mammals, is an inspiration for Wunderbar’s Platypus, the underlying mandate being to collaborate with young people to create artistic work for youth and adults, with a long-term vision toward youth capacity building, diversification and strengthening the city’s arts industries.

The conversation will be chaired by Sophie Hope, Lecturer at Birkbeck University of London in the department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Sophie's practice based research focuses on the relationships between art and society. She has worked as an independent curator for six years, and as a writer and evaluator of public and socially engaged art.

Please follow this link if you are interested in attending the ArtWorks Critical Conversation.