Book your tickets for the Lancashire Arts Exchange on Thursday 8th November 2018 10am.
The Arts Exchange will the be followed by a performance by Menagerie Theatre of ‘The Great Austerity Debate’, at The Whitworth Library that evening:
Arts Lancashire invites you to the annual Arts Exchange event, for independent artists, producers, creative professionals, arts organisations and anyone who advocates for the importance of arts and cultural provision in our county.
This year we want to explore risk. The risks involved in making art happen in our context. What barriers do we face when making challenging and provoking work? In an environment of ongoing austerity, how does the current funding landscape impact on our approach to making work and the risks we feel able to take? How much has a culture of risk aversion taken hold and how do we begin to dismantle it? Where does the diversity and inclusion agenda sit within the debate and how can we create work that reaches our multiplicity of communities but can still offer challenge and stimulate debate around pervasive and divisive points of view.
Join us for a day of performances, debates and workshops as we collectively imagine a challenging, subverting, provoking and stimulating future for the arts in Lancashire.
Keynote Speakers: Dr Stephen Pritchard discusses artwashing, social capital, socially engaged art and anti-gentrification activism http://colouringinculture.org/
Performances from: Horse + Bamboo and Burnley Youth Theatre with and option to attend – The Great Austerity Debate @ Whitworth Library From 7.30pm presented by Spot On Rural Touring.
Workshops: Rights, Risks and Reputations hosted by Super Slow Way & LeftCoast and supported by Index on Censorship, What Next? and Cause4. This workshop aims to ensure arts and cultural organisations and individual practitioners across the county have the tools to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best work possible.
Thurs 8th November – 10am – 5.30pm (Or just come for the bits that interest you the most)
Tickets: £5 – which includes access to the whole day and a buffet lunch.
Location – The Boo, 679 Bacup Rd, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 7HB
Parking: There is ample free parking both at the front and back of the building.
Public transport: The 464 bus comes directly past The Boo from Accrington and Rawtenstall or from Rochdale in the opposite direction.
Access: We want this day to be as accessible to as many people working in and with the arts as possible. So we are offering 10 x £50 expenses bursaries for Lancashire based freelance artists / producers who would like to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 26th October with 100 words on why you should be considered for the bursary to apply.
If there are any other barriers that you may face in attending the arts exchange then please get in touch and let us know, so we can make every effort to put measures in place that will support you to join in!