Interactions (2014)

Waymarking director Sarah Spanton initiated and co-ordinated artists’ the professional development programme Interactions, examining themes around socially-engaged performance practice from July to November 2014.

The programme comprised;
The forming of a peer-to-peer network of five artists based in the North West and Yorkshire, who came together to discuss and exchange ideas, research and approaches to making work – they are Dani Abulhawa, Gisele Bone, Gillian Dyson, Tim Jeeves and Sarah Spanton.

A blog served as a platform for the group’s discussions, reportage and debate about other socially-engaged performance practice, and interrogations of wider ideas and research around socially-engaged practice in the contemporary arts.

Two public mini-symposiums on the themes and issues of socially-engaged performance practice arising from the five artists work together, were held in September 2014 (in Liverpool at The Bluecoat) and in October 2014 (in Leeds at Yorkshire Dance).

Additionally in November 2014, a practical workshop on Participatory Appraisal processes was held in Leeds, led by experienced practitioner Roger Newton. And a discussion was held on socially engaged performance practice, taking Spanton’s work in the exhibition Bed as a starting point, which featured academic and researcher Sarah Amsler, alongside artists Dani Abulhawa and Sarah Spanton.

Interactions was funded by by Arts Council of England and supported by partner organisations:
hÅb, Manchester
Hope St, Liverpool
Live At LICA, Lancaster
Point Blank Theatre, Sheffield
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

Image credits: Sarah Spanton