I’m not interested particularly in the market so the idea of making things just to sell them doesn’t appeal to me. I suppose I’m choosing to step out of something that I was never even given an open door to, and I’ve made that choice for ethical or moral or whatever reasons.Validation Beyond the Gallery 2015
Recent political turmoil has us all questioning where is this heading, what really matters and should I be doing more?
Social Works? : Live, gave back control of the narrative by bringing together artists, producers, commissioners, academics, and participants to work in the open and share ideas.
This was a partnership project between Axisweb and Manchester Metropolitan University.
More details coming soon...
We commissioned 11 artists, each showcasing ideas and practice through workshops, talks, performances and interactive sessions. Together we explored if by working in the open we can share and shape new possibilities previously unseen or unimagined.
Details for what happened coming soon!
presented the receipt printer chatroom analog, ‘LOOO’. With a computer keyboard of limited word-keys instead of letter-keys, a thermal printer that instantly prints out messages in-put by participants, this piece reflects the current chaos of the social-political climate.
stallholders sell things. meanwhile market has broken all, even language - so we are offering a stallholding subversion. we will sell the idea we are all hyenas in petticoats these days. mary wollstonecraft was written off as hyena in petticoats two centuries ago for being pamphleteer, feminist, internationalist (outspokenly pro-european at another time of warring), mad, bad, rad & bi - whats not to love!
presented the temporary bureau for C.R.E.H.A. (Centre for Research into Emotional Hygiene through Art), a performative research project investigating the emotional impact of art. Participants will be invited to re-create and process their memories of significant, emotionally charged art experiences of any kind. Can art move you?
One half of the artist duo Jesson-Hill and co-creator of HERM, a queer arts collective based between West Yorkshire and London, Jaron collected submissions for HERM's second issue. With the aim to deconstruct and decentralise the notion of London as the creative epicentre of the UK, his stall will be a space for creative and open discussion, validating and empowering the creativity of people from diverse backgrounds across the country who don't necessarily even identify as artists or designers.
LADY KITT & LOUISE BROWN
Provided a drop in & walk-about introduction to the ‘Social Practice 1st Aid Kit’ followed by a short “surgery” which offered existing resources from, and, developed new resources for, The ‘Social Practice First Aid Kit’. Each interaction ended with a “prescription” where Kitt & Lou will suggest resources (physical, digital, imagined, emotional) which may be useful.
A regular artist at Venture Arts studios, Leslie documented and depicted proceedings at Social Works? : Live through live observational drawings.
Presented ‘PhotoLoo’, asking how art might be useful to explore our feelings and our conflicted selves. Mark will guide people in making a self-portrait using a set of instructions to explore and express feelings and internal conflicts. The resulting Polaroids will form a temporary and online gallery that visually articulates a better collective identity fit.
Artist, and Director of Cardiff-based Gentle/Radical. Rabab documented reflections, critical musings and provocations, for Social Works?: Live. Rabab will be generating a text that responds to the activities of the day, inviting us to think about how our readings of power might inform our social practice work, personally, politically, institutionally.
was selling and trading the book Teaching For People Who Prefer Not To Teach, which she edited together with Mirjam Bayerdoerfer and co-designed with Margherita Huntley. She might also try out some of the exercises in the book with you.
SHARON BENNETT & SARAH DIXON
founder members of the Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS) presented the Bureau for the Validation of Art. By playfully appropriating models from institutions such as corporate business, government, healthcare, and the military, The WAAS seeks to develop systems for the activation of women's art that can be applied in many different cultural, temporal and physical settings.
SOCIAL ART NETWORK
Presented a space to discuss and feed into the building of the resource that is Social Art Network. Fresh off the back of Social Art Assembly, taking place at Tate Exchange the day before, artists and founders of Social Art Meet-up Manchester Anna Horton-Cremin and Sophie Bullock, together with artist and co-convenor of Social Art Summit, Ian Nesbitt, will host the space.
COMMISSIONERS HOT SEAT
We were joined via he Hot Seat by Scott Burrell, Head of Programme - Create London, Beth Emily Richards, Artist and Producer - Take A Part and Paul Hartley, Founding Director - In-Situ
Create London is a charity that exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities.
Take A Part make socially engaged contemporary art in Plymouth. Based in Plymouth, we work in areas of socio-economic deprivation and regeneration with people that don’t usually engage in the arts.
Our vision is for In-Situ to be a part of everyday life. For our art to be an art of action. For our art to contribute to society as a whole. For our art to challenge current thinking about environment people, place and culture.
We awarded 20 travel bursaries to Axisweb members to support self-employed artists / those on a low income with costs associated with travelling to the event, childcare, etc.