Saturday, February 11, 2012
Lewis Gardens High Street Colchester Essex CO1 1JH
East England

OpenAIR – the first members’ annual forum of AIR: Artists Interaction and Representation held on 11 February offers a unique platform for artists’ dialogue and debate, empowered and enabled through speakers drawn from very different disciplines and fields of work, all committed to campaigning for effective change. Orchestrated by artist Richard Layzell, OpenAIR kicks off with insights from keynote speaker Carrie Bishop, consultancy and social innovation incubator FutureGov. Next will be short provocations from Tessy Britton of Social Spaces that “researches and spreads practice for positive citizen-led community action”; co-founder and Director of Social Innovation Camp Dan Mcquillan and convener of Manifesto Club Josie Appleton. The facilitated action groups following enable AIR members to explore how AIR – now one of the world’s largest membership bodies for artists – can create campaigns and activism to achieve its ambition to improve the economic and social status of society and ensure artists’ voices are respected within arts and cultural debates now and in the future. Contact [email protected] with OpenAIR in the title to reserve your place.