What is public engagement & socially engaged practice?
Guest speaker & facilitator
STUDIOBOOK 2017 Programme for artists
Mark Deveraux Projects, Manchester.
21st July 2017



New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK.

New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK.

“Creative projects for the people, by the people”
Guest speaker
THE SOCIAL: Socially engaged practice
6th April 2017
Creative Scene, West Yorkshire.




Image credit: The Anti-Gallery.

Radical Black Art Working Convention Revisited
18th – 19th March 2017
The Space, Nottingham Contemporary.
Co-hosting both days with Cindy Sissokho – Touring Progamme Co-ordinator, Nottingham Contemporary.




BLMUK: Nottingham activists protest 17.6.16. Image credit Tom Platinum Morley.

“politics+social justice+community activism +creativity = Me”
Guest speaker
shifting loyalties
Idle women
Pendle, Lancashire.
8th – 12th December 2016
shifting loyalties is a residential gathering for women in the heart of Pendle Lancashire.

This gathering (informal conference) offers a space for women to hold critical conversations, build connections and friendships, excavate our histories and forge a different future.

What can we do to address the urgency of global violence against women, from domestic violence to wars, media representation to pay gaps, reproductive rights to the silencing of creative and political voice?

Other guest contributors included: Silvia Federici, Karen Mirza, Rahila Gupta, Jesse Jones, Sarah Browne, Claire Heuchan and Beatrix Campbell.




Slavery & community history discussion

‘Unspeakable Things Unspoken:’
Transatlantic Slavery – A Public Conversation
The October Dialogues 2016
12th -13th October
The Space, Nottingham Contemporary.

Chairing the discussion, slavery and community history.
Guest panel: Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas) and Toyin Agbetu (Ligali)
This conference will examine the ways in which slavery has figured in public history in Britain. It will consider how academic history has shaped public perceptions of slavery and how public debate has challenged and inspired scholarship. It will give critical attention to the ways in which slavery and colonialism has shaped both our public and academic history institutions. Given the increasing emphasis on ‘impact’ within university research agendas the event will offer new possibilities for building relationships across academic and public history. Public history will be conceived of in its broadest sense and speakers will be invited from among museum and heritage professionals, artists, community historians, activists, academics, poets, performers and educators.

You can now watch footage of the October Dialogues 2016 by clicking on the link here



“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t be having this conversation…”
Guest speaker
OPEN16: Decolonising the Campus/Decolonising the Arts
Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University
12th May 2016

Decolonising the Campus / Decolonising the Arts broadly aims to investigate what it means to create an ethnically diverse culturally rich programme – considering tokenism and, where possible, responding to the following statement with proposed action: ‘temporary projects by well-meaning white institutions do not go far enough to extend arts access to all’ (Rick Lowe).

In response to the Symposium themes I discussed examples of innovative models of creative engagement projects and approaches that go beyond ‘tokenistic’ programming. My presentation features the ground breaking approach of New Art Exchange – the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary art and recent projects that explore social issues, politics and activism.



Beyond Academia – “Survival Guide” Photography & Community Engagement
Visiting Lecturer 
BA Photography 3rd year students
Faculty of Art & Design
University of Wolverhampton
4th November to 9th December 2015
Through presentations and one-to-one tutorials advising students on how to “Survive” the early stages of their creative careers and the options available.



What is public engagement and how are artists embedding this in their practice?
Facilitating with Elizabeth Wewiora
STUDIOBOOK 2015/16 – A new development programme for artists
Mark Devereux Projects Manchester
20th November 2015
A discussion and one to one sessions exploring public engagement and how artists are embedding this within their practice. The aim of the half day session is to challenge the sometimes-traditional view of participatory arts to explore the vast range of possibilities in terms of the range of audiences, content and even location.



Policy Engagement Workshop: Art, Activism & Communities
“Urban Arts Practice from Below”
Facilitating with Janna Graham and Rob Howie Smith
Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
Nottingham University
25th November 2015
This workshop is part of a series of discussions taking place under the heading ‘Cultural Policy from Below’ which asks what current practices in community-led, grassroots and activist cultural production might lend to propositions for cultural policy. Facilitators  specifically address questions of urban arts practices that skirt around, slow down, intervene into or are entirely forgotten by contemporary processes of gentrification. Working against the, by now well-known, narratives about the complicity of  artists and cultural workers (the so-called creative class) in exploitative urban development processes, what do these practices tell us about an emergent set of policies articulated from below? Do they or should they interface with existing policy frameworks? What would and should this interface look like?
My Presentation: Grassroots community-led projects that focus on the issues that people care about beyond stated policy agendas.



Gallery talk: Samuel Morley
A visual profile of the man and his beliefs
The Morley College Gallery, London.
30th January 2015
Content: An introduction to Samuel Morley and how his forward thinking approach to supporting the rights of “the working classes” are still being fought for and are relevant to our lives today.
Key themes: Employment rights, the right to free education, and the current state of politics in the UK – Do we really have a say anymore? Slavery in the past and present –  modern day slavery and exploitation.
Event organised as part of Backlit’s touring House of the Flying Wheel exhibition to the Morley College.  Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.



Visiting lecturer Faculty of Art, Design and Technology,
Derby University UK
BA Photography 3rd year students
9th October 2013
Content: Developing/curating learning projects working in collaboration with community groups



Visiting lecturer Goldsmiths University, London UK.
5th December 2012.
MA Participatory & Community Arts Course
Presenting ‘Learning on the edge’ – an informal presentation showcasing my approach and experience of developing learning programmes working at contemporary art venues and festivals in Nottingham.