This September Bloc Projects is launching Harsh Light, a series of webinars aimed at exploring the changing role and work of the visual arts in unprecedented times. Through conversation and different points of view, Harsh Light will look at the discrepancies between arts sector frameworks and arts worker lives.
"The series feels through reverberations of different kinds in 2020: of pandemic, social insurrections, and arts sector strategy. Just weeks after Arts Council England (ACE) released its 10-year vision for 'a country transformed by culture', life as we knew it came to a halt in the UK. This has been accompanied by political movements worldwide, the most salient of which – for the British art world(s), at least – has been the Black Lives Matter movement. As we are living the throes of interlinking health and social crises, what do ACE’s four investment principles of inclusivity and relevance, ambition and quality, dynamism, and environmental responsibility now mean?"
For the second webinar in the series, Angela Chan and Farah Ahmed will talk about the intersection of climate activism and the arts in the UK. The speakers are steeped in both worlds and are having an ongoing conversation about the challenges of merging the two in different ways. Amongst other things, Angela and Farah will explore bringing activism into art production, the disconnect of the art world from movement organising, and the problematic curation of climate emergency.
Angela Chan is a ‘creative climate change communicator’, working on a range of curatorial, research, art making and writing projects that are focused on intersectional approaches to climate change. Angela is also the founder of Worm: art +ecology, a long-term curatorial project that communicates climate change issues through contemporary art and creative practices.
Farah Ahmed is a co-founder and facilitator of Diaspora Dialogues for Our Futures, a reflective space for people of colour to centre collective care in the face of the climate crisis. She is also the Events and Network Coordinator at Julie's Bicycle, a charity working at the intersection of arts and sustainability, and produces podcasts The Colour Green and Green Heritage Futures.
Free, open to all. Booking is essential. Accompanied by BSL interpretation.
The Zoom webinar will be recorded and available to view following the event.
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