Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nightwalks with Teenagers. Bristol, 2015.

Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nightwalks with Teenagers. Bristol, 2015.

Claire Doherty, founder Director of Situations, will be joining Professor Lynn Froggett in conversation at Social Making: Now and Next, a symposium organised by Plymouth-based organisation Take A Part. Social Making will explore methodologies to approaching socially engaged work, and the impacts on audiences and communities it engages with.

Over 28 and 29 April we will discuss a number of international socially engaged practices, providing us with an opportunity to consider a wide range of methods and their impact. Contributors to include Turner Prize wining collective Assemble, Britt Jurgensen of HomeBaked and Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Darren O’Donnell, and many more.

More than ever it is important that Plymouth and the South West continues to produce and support high-quality, risk-taking and ambitious public art programmes. This symposium is an opportunity to share international learning with artists, councilors, commissioners, producers, students and academics in the region.

Whilst passes to Social Making: Now and Next are now sold out, you can attend Almost Live, a live-streamed event at Plymouth Arts Centre over the two days. Find out more here.

Claire Doherty & Professor Lyn Froggett:
Is there Life after Evaluation? Art, Method and Social Impact
Thurday 28th April 2016

Lynn Froggett, Professor of Psychosocial Welfare at the University of Central Lancashire undertook a study in 2008 of arts organisations specifically developing new forms of social engagement, to document this emergent field of practice. Claire Doherty, founder Director of the arts organisation Situations, joined the steering group and over a period of time they have developed a research partnership and a new methodology called the visual matrix for evaluating the impact of arts projects in the public realm.

Lynn and Claire will discuss a range of topics, from problems specific to socially engaged arts to the usefulness of evaluation as a developmental tool for practitioners. They will also outline the functions and principles of the visual matrix.

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