The Social Art Summit (socialartsummit.com) was an artist-led review of socially engaged arts practice in the UK, held in Sheffield in November 2018, and convened by Social Art Network. By convening practitioners from around the country to share practice and discuss ideas, the Social Art Summit explored what it means to be making art through social engagement right now.
In the run-up to the event, a series of monthly meet-ups were held in Sheffield where the Summit will take place in November 2018. Post-summit, groups have started meeting elsewhere in the country, and the Sheffield group will restart its meetings in January, to provide a regular meeting place for those interested in social practice and socially engaged art.
Aimed at artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, funders and wider sectors working in the social realm, the Social Art Network aims to develop agency in the field of art and social engagement and test the ground for launching a Social Art Biennale in 2020. In the nearer future, we are working towards a ‘think-tank’ event to take forward learning from the Summit. This event will take place at Tate Exchange in April.
If you are interested in being part of the discussion leading up to the event, come along to Bloc Projects on Wed 3rd April.