UP Projects
Fri 27 Oct 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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UP Projects is working in partnership with John Hansard Gallery to present Co-Creating Public Space: How can we thrive? a one-day conference taking place on 27 October 2023, 10:00 – 18:00 GMT in Central Hall, Southampton, SO14 1NF.

Informed by notions of care and principles underpinning alternative economies, the conference will look at how creative practice can build collectivity by sharing resources, values and opportunities in equitable ways. Curated by UP Projects and presented in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, the conference is part of Co-Creating Public Space, led by John Hansard Gallery and supported by Arts Council England.
The conference will feature a range of UK-based and international public art practitioners whose socially engaged practice and methods of co-creation will explore how art can help communities reimagine new futures. The one-day event will present a series of inspiring case studies that demonstrate the value of working in socially engaged ways, exploring pertinent questions in relation to socially engaged practice to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between artists, curators, communities and commissioners.
A reader will be developed as part of the conference.
Co-Creating Public Space: How can we thrive? is part of Constellations 2023. The programme also includes a series of online Constellations ° Assemblies, open to all artists, curators, practitioners, commissioners, and those working across public art, social practice and regeneration.
Alongside the events, the Constellations ° Cohort, a selected group of artists, curators, producers, and practitioners operating in the expanded field of public art, will take part in a programme of free learning and development opportunities.
Constellations 2023 is curated by UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House and in association with Liverpool Biennial. Constellations 2023 includes the Co-Creating Public Space: How can we thrive? conference realised in partnership with John Hansard Gallery. Constellations 2023 is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Barrington Hibbert Associates Access Fund, and the Constellations Patrons.