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Andrea Phillips and Jason E. Bowman in Liverpool Biennial Journal Stages#5

News: Sep 21, 2016

PARSE professor and Head of Research at Valand Academy, Andrea Phillips and MFA Fine Art Programme Leader at Valand Academy, Jason E. Bowman are among the contributors in the recently published Liverpool Biennial Journal Stages#5: Community Arts? Learning from the Legacy of Artists' Social Initiatives.

This edition of the journal addresses the various divides and entanglements between community arts from the 1970s and 1980s and contemporary socially engaged practices. Its theme is dervied from a conference of the same title held in November 2015 in Liverpool. The conference was organised by Liverpool Biennial and Andrea Phillips, in association with Visible Award 2015 and Tate Liverpool. 

In the introductory paper initially given at the Liverpool Biennial conference of the legacy of community arts and then modified for publication in Stages, Andrea Phillips outlines the politics of the replacement and silencing of the UK's community arts project in favour of cultural industrial forms of participation.

Using Glasgow as an example Jason E. Bowman’s article, What is at Stake in Community Practice? What Have We Learned?, opens by extemporising on the obscuring of community arts through production of domineering historiographies. He then moves to question aspects of the ‘pedagogical’ turn and its relations to the neoliberal attack on public goods, specifically education. Finally, he begins to suggest that a greater analysis of artist-organisation may be propagative to questions being raised of how to repurpose art institutions. 

Read Stages#5: Community Arts? Learning from the Legacy of Artists' Social Initiatives here.

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