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Fri 27 Apr 2018

10:00 – 18:30 Tickets: donate what you can afford. Recommended price £100

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Local residents, coming together as the Waste Land Research Group, have developed the exhibition, Journeys with 'The Waste Land' which connects art, poetry and life. This one day symposium explores alternative ways of developing exhibitions, and involving audiences in the process. Through talks, discussions, and participant led activities the symposium will focus on both the conditions necessary for collaborative curating, and the reception of programmes curated in this way. What are the challenges for artists, audiences and institutions?

In the morning, an introduction to Turner Contemporary’s audience-led approach to exhibition making will be given by Victoria Pomery and a mix of participants and artists who’ve worked on Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’. This will be followed a panel discussion introducing other models of collaborative curating. The afternoon will be broken into workshops delving more deeply into some of the challenges inherent in exhibition making when multiple people, interests and agendas are involved. Sessions will focus on group decision making, roles and boundaries in curating, authorship and ethics, and the relationship between subjectivity and validation when different forms of expertise and experience come into dialogue.

Key contributors include Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Fran Edgerly (Assemble), Nicholas Thornton & Grace Todd (National Museum of Wales), Professor David Herd (University of Kent), Sarah Turner (University of Kent) and Tess Denman Cleaver.  

The day will end with a reading from ‘The Waste Land’ by Fiona Shaw and a drinks reception.

The symposium is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation and the University of Kent.

The event is open to all to attend. If you are unable to pay the suggested ticket price of £100 please give what you can as a donation. Your donation supports our work, making world-class art accessible to all. Lunch and refreshments will be included.