Loraine Leeson is in conversation with Rehana Zaman in: Storming the Citadels? Changing attitudes and frameworks to arts practices and research in community contexts.

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This symposium brings together different generations to present and discuss methods of doing art and politics from different perspectives and timeframes. Taking as its starting point two publications: ‘Artists and People’ by Su Braden (1978) and ‘Community, Art and the State: Storming the Citadels’ by Owen Kelly (1984), this public event compares the connections and distinctions between artists and activists making things happen from the late 1970s to now. It considers contemporary commissioning practices of socially engaged art and the growing discourse on participatory art practices alongside observations that Kelly and Braden made over 30 years ago of the depoliticisation of community arts through ‘funding addiction’ and the dangers of professional artists ‘taking the arts to the people’.

Contributors to the event are: Su Braden, Laura Guy, Sophie Hope, Liz Hoult, Alison Jeffers, Loraine Leeson, Karen Merkel, Becky Shaw, Ed Webb Ingall and Rehana Zaman.

Location: The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck University of London.