Saturday, July 13, 2019
12:00 AM
Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

We meet quarterly to discuss the structural powers shaping the context in which arts engagement work is taking place, and consider how approaches based on the legal, civic, and human rights of participants can inform more ethically aware forms of participatory projects – and help initiate systemic change.

Please join us for an afternoon of talks, discussion, practice sharing and networking. Our guest speaker is Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director of Safe Ground.

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This event is aimed at arts professionals, socially engaged artists, curators, arts commissioners, facilitators creating workshops in arts and community spaces, artist educators, and those working in community settings – regardless of what stage in your career or practice you are at.

How can the rights of participants be central to the design and delivery of arts engagement?

Why do we work with those most marginalised, excluded or discriminated against?

What ethical dilemmas and power dynamics of arts engagement emerge in these relationships?

Can this work advocate for systemic change at personal, community, organisational and societal levels?


11:30 – 11:45 Welcome and introductions

11:45 – 13:05 Guest speaker Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director of Safe Ground. Followed by a group discussion

13:05 – 13:50 Lunch (included in ticket price)

13:50 – 4pm Practice sharing by two network speakers: Shaista Chisty, documentary photographer and a second speaker TBD. Followed by a group discussion and feedback

4 – 4:30pm Feedback and sharing of references and resources

4:30 – 5pm Drinks and networking


Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport.

We are happy to help. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 020 7749 9200

This Network event is organised by Autograph and Will Essilfie.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images: from the Canvas(s) project, 2016-17