With For About: Art & Democracy

, May 2019

The fourth annual With For About conference asks:

Is art, and the making of art, the last frontier in the fight for democracy and the realisation of civil society?

The politics of our times have presented us with an unprecedented moment of re-evaluation. Our communities, our values, our social structures are in flux.

Collaborative art has always presented a unique opportunity to engage meaningfully with these agendas, to draw audiences into work in new and exciting ways and allow many to add their voices to commentary on these times. But as democratic deficits are felt by increasingly larger parts of our community what role can artists and art play?

This year we are joined by a host of speakers from across the globe, including Jeanne van Heeswijk, Jonas Staal, Larry Achiampong, A Blade of Grass, Deirdre Figueiredo, Brian Harnetty, Heather Peak Morison and Rick Lowe. You can find more information about the speakers below.

The day will be split into 3 panel sessions looking at themes including disability justice; the artist as political actor; and public realm work as an act of ‘commoning’. The conference will close with the launch of Praxis 2: The Town As Arts Centre.