Pump House Gallery
9 June 2015 | 10am – 6pm
Tickets: £5 / Free for 9 Elms residents
Some[w]Here Now invites artists, local people, and others interested to join the drawing shed for open conversations at Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park, exploring how artists may work collaboratively, with ‘local’ communities and in ‘public’ places, in the context of Now.
Co-hosted by a collection of artists, local residents, critical theorists, architects, activists, public and mental health professionals, THE DAY OF SMALL CONVERSATIONS invites participants to talk openly about ideas of ‘social responsibility’ in regards to collaborative making and to collectively question the role of contemporary artists within opposing cultures of resilience, resistance and regeneration.The frame will be set by the drawing shed‘s playful and critically informed Some[w]Here contemporary arts project over three housing estates in Nine Elms, and will feature video documentation, materials and research gathered over the past nine months of the project. The estates – known locally as ‘the island’ – are situated in the shadow of the Battersea Power Station Development, London SW8 close to the gallery; an area that throws into question the very meaning of public space and value of community in our contemporary society.
THE DAY OF SMALL CONVERSATIONS will be co-hosted by a number of artists and thinkers, including Sally Labern, Bobby Lloyd, Jordan McKenzie, Barby Asante, Daniella Valz Gen, Professor Adrian Renton, Cara Courage, Dr Chris Wood, Dr. Debra Benita Shaw, Shahed Saleem, and Lois Keidan and Katy Baird (Live Art Development Agency). The days agenda will then be shaped by all of the voices in the room, with conversations passing between small groups throughout, looking towards future possible projects, shared actions, and collaborations. Please bring thoughts, questions, agendas and an openness to unpick.
Amidst these conversations there will be a large communal picnic lunch provided in the park and a drinks reception at the end of the day for further conversation and informal networking. the drawing shed will also launch the Some[w]Here publication: Manual for Possible Projects on the Horizon.
For more information, please email: email@example.com
Mary Osborn 07792292605
Pump House Gallery is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor only. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss access requirements.
SoapBox Arts Lab
6 – 8 June | 11am – 5pm
Pump House Gallery
Some[w]Here Now – THE DAY OF SMALL CONVERSATIONS follows the drawing shed’s SoapBox Arts Lab taking place at the gallery in the three days preceding. Here the artists will be taking over the gallery for individual and collaborative making of mobile soapbox structures. These will further be used as a platform for conversations on June 9. The SoapBox Arts Lab is free; please turn up on the day to join in, or email for further information.
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Wandsworth Council and Pump House Gallery.