Evolving in Conversation
4 February 2015
Conflux Showcase Day
Saturday 7 February 11am - 5pm
Evolving in Conversation consists of three overlapping projects with three arts organisations working with different art forms.
Each project explores the theme ‘How individuals Make Society Change’ with an artist facilitator, youth/adult worker and a member of library staff, concurrently with four emerging artists and one established artist.
Led by Brighton & Hove Libraries with Photoworks, New Writing South and South East Dance, and funding from Arts Council England, Evolving in Conversation engages communities who do not commonly engage in arts activities and/or libraries.
The three projects are:
Collaboration with Photoworks involving young people. Photographers responding to creative writing.
Conflux with New Writing South involving adult learners. Creative Writers responding to photography and texts.
Cohesion with South East Dance involving participants from different generations. Dancers responding to photography and creative writing.
Follow the project blog at evolvinginconversation.tumblr.com
Conflux Showcase Day
Evolving in Conversation celebrates National Libraries Day 2015
Join the conversation with writers John Agard, David Sheppeard, Steven Lancefield, Rosy Carrick and Ali McAllister.
Performances throughout the day include John Agard, South East Dance and The History Makers plus an exhibition and performance of commissioned and workshop-created writing.
Free. All welcome
No booking, drop in
The first Evolving in Conversation project, Collaboration, took place in October 2014 as part of Brighton Photo Biennial. During the Summer of 2014, photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews and emerging photographers Mary Freeman, Charlotte Ball, Gina Lundy and Daniel Regan were commissioned to work alongside young people from Brighton & Hove, picking books, people or key moments as inspirations to make new work in response to themes of social change.
Facilitated by photographer Georgia Metaxas, Hannah Coxeter and David Allistone from Exploring Senses and Vicky Tremain from Brighton and Hove Libraries the photographers and young people worked to the same commissioning brief. Using images as a catalyst for seeing things differently, the photographers and young people came together to share and exchange ideas at key points in the creative process.
The resulting Brighton Photo Biennial exhibition presented the photographers and young people’s responses to the brief and the workshop outcomes as an installation at Jubilee Library and included postcards hidden amongst the pages of library books.
Hear Chloe Dewe Mathews talk about her work and her Evolving in Conversation commission in a recording made at Join the Conversation the Evolving in Conversation Collaboration showcase day during Brighton Photo Biennial October 2014.
Read Georgia Metaxes’ Photoworks article on Evolving in Conversation here
The photographs created during Collaboration have been used as the starting point for Conflux, and the young people are continuing their engagement with the project.