Rural Arts, Craft & Participation conference

Date: Tuesday 24th September 2013

Time: 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Red Lion Quarter, Spalding

12.30 pm – Lunch & Registration


1pm – Carol Parker & Dave Briggs, Transported

Increasing participation and engagement within a rural context

The dispersed nature of rural communities makes engaging the public in arts & craft activities particularly difficult. Artists are challenged with finding new ways to communicate, the rise of social networks and blogging have helped creative projects reach new audiences in rural areas, but come with a downside. Talking from experience Carol and Dave will discuss highs and lows of working in rural settings.

1.15pm - Nic Millington FRSA, Chief Executive, The Rural Media Company

Engaging Rural Communities through Creative Digital Media

Rural Media’s Chief Executive, Nic Millington, will present and discuss his approach to working with whole communities, enabling rural residents to reflect and debate contentious issues, celebrate their towns and parishes, and communicate locally, nationally and internationally, using creative and digital arts as a catalyst for community engagement and social change. Nic sits on the Rural Cultural Forum Committee.

1.30pm - Dr Stephen Knott, Founder Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern Craft, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham

Craft, material engagement, and participatory art

This talk considers how the Victorian designer William Morris’ ideals linger on in particular participatory projects by contemporary artists that accentuate the importance of the handmade, or exercise the making abilities of their audience.

 1.45pm – Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective

Craftivism: A spoonful of CRAFT helps the ACTIVISM go down

Founder of Craftivist Collective, craftivism columnist for Crafty Magazine & Europe’s leading spokesperson in the emerging craftivism movement Sarah Corbett will talk about how she uses craft to engage people in a deep transformative way with activism issues through reflective crafting. 

2pm - Q & A

2.30pm – Break for Refreshments

3pm – Workshop on either Rural Arts OR Engaging Through Craft

This seminar is being coordinated in association with Transported! Boston & Holland CPP consortium

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