Call for participants to form a new shared learning ‘Faculty’ of social arts practice


Four of Arts Council England?s Creative People and Places projects in The North of England are inviting artists and creatives to take part in a new alternative learning programme for those working, or wanting to work in the field of social arts practice.

The new initiative, entitled The Faculty, is a pilot and has been devised in partnership between Creative Scene, Heart of Glass, LeftCoast and Super Slow Way*. Twenty curious, forward-looking and open minded individual artists, practitioners, curators, producers and others, will get the opportunity to take part in this unique learning experience which will build and share the knowledge of participants working in the field and be part of developing and realising The Northern Faculty of Social Arts Practice.

There are no limitations on who can take part so no matter your age, educational background or the ways in which you are currently working, The Faculty is open to you. It is also hoped that a diverse range of participants will come forward from those already working in a visual or performing arts context, to youth workers, production managers or architects who find themselves increasingly working in a socially engaged style.

The Faculty will be led by course leaders Chrissie Tiller and In Situ, and will take participants on four residential weekends and a one day debrief in 2016, with inputs from artists already working in the four Creative People and Places areas. Between the residential weekends there will be opportunities to take part in online distance-learning tutorials, seminars, discussions and assignments which can be responded to in any medium. This could include making artwork, using audio or visual media, or written materials ? anything is possible.

Participants will have on-going support in developing these skills from The Faculty team and artist mentors working across the region. Access to an exciting library of thought and practice will be provided as well as the possibility to engage with different thinkers and thought through online and live events.? At the end of this year participants should feel their critical thinking, as well as their practice, has been strengthened and deepened.

Those taking part will not have to pay any fees in order to take part and in return a high level of commitment to being active members of The Faculty is expected. In order to be eligible you must be based or working in one of the four areas (see below). Your local Creative People and Places programmes will be covering all accommodation, food and travel for the residentials.

Julia Turpin, Executive Director of LeftCoast, said: ?The Faculty is a fantastic chance for those individuals who are working in social arts practice to come together and build shared understanding and, most importantly, disseminate it across the region.?

?We?re really keen to get a diverse range of people taking part and the criteria have been designed to reflect this. Initiatives like these are few and far between and for there to be no cost attached to participation is a golden opportunity that people should grab with both hands.?

The deadline for applications to participate in The Faculty is 2pm on Friday 22 January 2015.

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