Uncommon Ground is a one day symposium exploring creative, cultural and artistic approaches to the challenges and issues of contemporary society and cultural democracy.
Across the globe creative practitioners are working with communities to co-create and co-produce, cutting across genres and challenging our understanding of the role of arts and culture in society.
As this sector continues to grow, Uncommon Ground provides an opportunity to share ideas and investigate what it means to create socially engaged art today. With perspectives from a diverse range of UK and international contributors, this one-day symposium intends to challenge perceptions, spark ideas and explore future potential.
Produced by Arts Council England, the British Council, and The Lowry.
Delegate passes are free, and include food and refreshments during the day. Sessions will be live-streamed.
Join the conversation online at #uncommon2018.
Uncommon Ground takes place on the 22 March 2018 at The Lowry, Salford
Registration is free and food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
You will receive an e-ticket upon registration.
Uncommon Ground takes place in The Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford. The Lowry is a world-class combined arts centre based at the core of Salford’s creative and cultural quarter, Media City UK. It produces and presents a diverse programme of artistic work all year around and at the heart is a commitment to its local communities and young people through its flagship programmes of socially engaged practice.
The Lowry is an accessible venue and Uncommon Ground will incorporate BSL interpretation and close captioning throughout to ensure that all can take part. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
Common Wealth Theatre
Evie is Co-Artistic Director of Common Wealth, an award winning theatre company making site-specific theatre. For Common Wealth director credits include, We’re Still Here (National Theatre Wales), The Deal Versus The People (West Yorkshire Playhouse), No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, (Scotsman Fringe First Award / Live From TVC with BBC4), Our Glass House (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). As a freelancer, Evie has collaborated and made work with Manchester International Festival, The Royal Exchange, Battersea Arts Centre, Tamasha, Chris Goode and Company, Transform Festival and Southbank Centre. Evie is a founding member of Speakers Corner Collective, a political, creative, social space in Bradford co-led by a collective of young women.
Heart of Glass
Patrick Fox is director of Heart of Glass, a national agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside. He is former director of Create, Ireland’s national development agency for Collaborative Arts. He is a producer, commissioner and senior arts leader who supports artists to engage with communities of place/ interest to create contemporary work that reflects the politics of our times. He is a founder of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, a four-year programme of transnational work focusing on models of social arts practice across Europe. He is interested in expanding critical discourse and supporting the development of policy and infrastructure around collaborative and social arts practice. He was also the former Head of Collaborations and Engagement at FACT Liverpool, leading the acclaimed arts and older people project tenantspin as part of his portfolio.
Poet / Playwright / Performer
Jackie Hagan is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer, and a working-class queer amputee. Her first solo show 'Some People Have Too Many Legs' won the Saboteur 'Best Spoken Word Show' 2015 award and a Creative Futures literary award. Her second show 'Cosmic Scallies' was lauded by the press and published by Nick Hern Publishing. She is currently working with Hattrick Productions on a sitcom about two disabled best friends, writing a play for children (commissioned by Contact Theatre) and touring her current solo show 'This is Not a Safe Space'. Last year she received a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, represented the UK in an international poetry slam in Rio and was the focus of a channel 4 short documentary. She runs weekly poetry workshops for isolated adults.
A playwright and cultural activist, who works as a trainer in topics related to the field of culture with many organizations. A regular participant at conferences and forums on culture and art. He is a founding member and Executive Director of Ettijahat- Independent Culture: a Syrian cultural organization founded in the end of 2011 seeks to play a pivotal role in building a Syrian culture that is dynamic, democratic and diverse, taking into account the challenges experienced by Syrian society, through creating sustainable opportunities for artists, researchers and cultural operators, and enhancing the environment and forms of cultural expression, in addition to integrating creative work with social change. Abdullah graduated in Theatrical Studies from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus, 2004 and completed his Master’s study at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, in the same field in 2015. He is currently a PhD Student at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.
Matt Woodhead is the Artistic Director of LUNG, who are Associate Artists at The Lowry. Making theatre by communities, for communities and with communities, LUNG is a national touring theatre company, developing innovative and politically driven work that broadens horizons and investigates modern Britain. Matt has directed and co-written ‘The 56’, ‘E15’ [co-written with Helen Monks] and ‘Chilcot’ [co-written with Richard Norton Taylor] and ‘Who Cares’. All have been published with Oberon Books and have toured nationally. ‘The 56’ was adapted for BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. Matt was recently the Trainee Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and was the winner of the Director’s Guild Award Best Newcomer 2015.
Battersea Arts Centre
David Jubb is a theatre producer. He has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Battersea Arts Centre since 2004, sharing the Joint Artistic Directorship with David Micklem from 2008-2012. Battersea Arts Centre’s cause is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future. Under David’s leadership the organisation has launched a productions programme and national touring network, produced a new strand of live performance for BBCFour and BBC Two, led a national development programme for museums and created the BAC Moving Museum, introduced an innovative series of social change programmes including The Agency, signed a 125-year lease on Battersea’s former Town Hall, delivered an innovative £13m renovation project in partnership with Haworth Tompkins, reimagined the organisation’s operating and programme model, and increased turnover from £1.5m to £4m.
Lynsey O’Sullivan is an Applied Theatre practitioner with national and international experience of working with vulnerable children and young people using theatre as a tool for positive social change. Lynsey is currently the Director of Learning & Engagement at The Lowry where she leads a cross-arts programme of socially engaged practice with children, young people and local communities; with a specific focus on working with young carers, looked-after children, young parents, and young people experiencing homelessness in Salford. Lynsey is particularly interested in how we can puncture the bubble and step outside of our own sector to champion arts and culture as part of a statutory approach to tackling social challenges; working in partnership with health, education, sport and voluntary organisations to address poverty of opportunity, socio-economic deprivation, health and wellbeing and life chances for young people.
Anjana Luitel is a feminist activist educator from Nepal. She is passionate about feminist and social justice agendas and has keen interests in lived learning experiences and it’s documentation through feminist participatory approach. She is a Board of Director at Hamro Chahana Nepal an organization that aims at enabling young women to enhance their individual and collective capacities. She has contributed to young feminist agendas in Nepal and has led different initiatives through different networks and organization. She is a curator for WOW Kathmandu for talks and workshops since 2017 and has the overall responsibility of ensuring gender sensitivity and inclusivity at the festival. She has a Masters degree in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Kathmandu University.
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