Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art
Friday, May 20, 2022
12:00 AM
University of Brighton 58–67 Grand Parade Brighton BN2 0JY United Kingdom
South East England
Brighton CCA, University of Brighton

A one-day symposium in Brighton exploring and sharing practice-based research in art, architecture & design that uses socially engaged or participatory methods.

This programme brings together artists, researchers, curators, and writers to ask:

How do socially engaged and participatory methods offer different understandings of what research can be?

What sort of outcomes do they produce? How can this work be documented, and shared in ways that acknowledge the collaborative and dialogic nature of the research?

What sort of challenges come with socially engaged and participatory research for the researcher and the participant?

Please find the programme below.



9am Registration

9.30am Welcome and introduction by Katy Beinart and Lizzie Lloyd, Susan Diab, Sarah Stevens and Polly Wright.

10am Panel Discussion (1)
Engaging with participatory art practices as research including presentations from Sophie Hope, Anthony Schrag, R.M. Sánchez-Camus and Vanessa Marr

11.15am BREAK

11.45am Panel Discussion (2)
Changing architecture, spatial practice and spaces through social engagement chaired by Claire Staunton and including presentations from Torange Khonsari, Gil Mualem-Doron, Sarah Akigbogun and Unit 38


Lunchtime activities:

– Join for a special tour of Socially Engaged Arts Space (SEAS) Brighton exhibition Queering Nature, led by Pacheanne Anderson
Pre-book your place here 

– Artist Lady Kitt invites you to spend one on one time talking though your socially engaged art project
4 one to one pre-booked sessions are available on a first come first served basis. Please register your interest via the CCA website.

– Take part in a drop-in self-led duster making activity by artist Vanessa Marr
Drop-in, Brighton CCA North Gallery

– Visit Quiet Down There, in residence with their laundrette project at Dorset Place
Drop-in, 6 Dorset Place, BN2 1ST

– Leap then Look present a film about their recent arts education practice
Drop-in, Sallis Benney Theatre

2pm Roundtable discussions including presentations (final line-up TBC)

(1) Practice-based research, and the problematics of participation
(2) Institutions, access and inclusion
(3) Co-creating spaces and places of encounter

3.30pm BREAK

4pm  Panel discussion (3)
Join the speakers from the morning session to reflect on and discuss the day

5pm End of Day


See CCA website for travel and access info.

Co-hosted and supported by School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, School of Arts & Media and Experimental Design Practices Research and Enterprise Group (ExDP REG) at University of Brighton, and Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art.


Image credit:
The Brixton Exchange, 2013. An event by Anchor & Magnet – Barby Asante, Kate Theophilus and Katy Beinart