Virtual Symposium: Social Practice in Art, Research and Education: Professional Dialogues

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference


I organised and chaired this virtual event which brought together international artists, students, lecturers and researchers from arts organisations and universities based in Ireland, England and Scotland. It considered social practice in a variety of situations, focussing on the way conversation spans methods of working, teaching and researching in art, design, renewable energy, anthropology and archaeology. Keynotes were delivered by Dr Ailbhe Murphy and Dr Loraine Leeson. Ailbhe Murphy is an artist and co-founder of Vagabond Reviews, an interdisciplinary platform committed to developing creative forms of knowledge production and practice. In 2015 she was appointed Director of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland. Loraine Leeson is an artist, lecturer and Director of cSPACEw who will present together with the Geezers, a group of older men with whom she’s been working on a project, Active Energy, dealing with renewable energy. She is author of the new book, Art : Process : Change: Inside a Socially Situated Practice, published by Routledge later this year.
Chrissie Ruckley spoke about new developments in Artworks Scotland, a national professional development initiative for artists working in participatory settings. Originally one of 5 pathfinder projects across the UK as part of ArtWorks: developing practice in participatory settings initiated by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it spearheads a growing collective of artists, HE and FE institutions, funders, arts organisations, partners and employers.
Period31 May 2017
Event typeConference
LocationLerwick, Shetland, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational