The Conference "Community Arts? Learning from the Legacy of Artists' Social Initiatives" took place at the Black-E on November 1st 2015. It was convened by The Liverpool Biennial and Andrea Phillips, in association with Visible Award 2015 and Tate Liverpool
The programme was as follows:-
10.30-11.00 Registration and coffee.
Above and below the audience arriving and speakers and audience having coffee, and the room at the start of the Conference.
11.00-11.15 Introduction and welcome: Sally Tallant and Andrea Phillips
Above Sally Tallant welcoming the delegates and explaining the background to the Conference and Andrea Phillips outlining where we had got to in terms of practice
11.15-11.45 Introducing The Black-E: Wendy and Bill Harpe
Above Bill & Wendy Harpe introducing the work of The Black-E in the visual arts over the last 40 plus years.
11.45-12.20 What is at stake in community practice? What have we learned? Wendy Harpe, Frances Rifkin, Alan Read, chaired by Jason Bowman.
Above is the first panel - from left to right Jason Bowman, Wendy Harpe, Francis Rifkin with Alan Read at the podium. And a photo of Francis Rifkin at the podium.
The panels could choose how they did their presentations but in general they chose to allow each panel member to speak in turn followed by a brief general discussion at the end with some chance for the audience to ask questions.
12.20-13.05 How can we bring the legacy of community arts into the present? Loraine Leeson in conversation with Sophie Hope, Ania Bas, and Ed Webb-Ingall, chaired by Andrea Phillips
From the left Ania Bas, Ede Webb Ingall, Andrea Phillips, Lorraine Leeson with Sophie Hope at the podium with a close up of Andrea and Lorraine.
13.05-14.00 Lunch by Homebaked
Homebaked serving lunch - the poster shows their strap line 'Brick by brick , loaf by loaf' '
14.00-14.45 What kind of organisations do we need to develop to work with communities and how does this affect how we re-imagine galleries and museums? Nato Thompson, Anna Colin, Anna Cutler, chaired by Sally Tallant.
Panel 3 from the left Nato Thompson, Anna Colin, Anna Cutler and Sally Tallant.
14.45-15.25 How can we learn from the practices of the past and develop new models for the future without losing our values? Sonia Boyce, Laura Raicovich, Polly Brannan, chaired by Janna Graham
In the event Janna did not make it so this Panel was also chaired by Sally Tallant. From the left Sonia Boyce, Polly Brannan, Laura Raicovich and Sally Tallant.
15.25-15.40 Coffee break
15.40-16.25 Politics and participation: housing, arts and Liverpool - what is necessary here? Jeanne van Heeswijk with Britt Jurgensen, Homebaked; Fran Edgerley, Assemble with Joe Farrag, Granby CLT; and Nina Edge, chaired by Rosie Cooper
Above 2 views of the last panel from left to right Fran Edgerley, of Assemble with Joe Farrag, Granby CLT; Rosie Cooper (Chair), Nina Edge, and Jeanne van Heeswijk with Britt Jurgensen, from Homebaked. First with a slide from Homebaked and the second with a slide of Granby CLT Project
16.25-16.45 Screening of And On the Eighth Day, Granada Films, 1969 (23 mins) introduced by Wendy and Bill Harpe
6.50-17.00 Closing remarks: Sally Tallant and Andrea Phillips
In the event people asked for more time to debate and ask questions and space was found for this after the last Panel Session, Andrea Phillips summed up and the film 'On The Eighth Day' was shown at the very end of the Conference.
Above photos of the audience and individual members asking questions.
The Conference was well attended (around 230 people) and also present on social media. It was live streamed on Periscope - there is a detailed report on live-blog for e-Flux, and commentaries on Colouring in Culture
You will find a complete set of photos on the Biennial's Facebook page.