Dance, Drama and Performance Studies at Liverpool Hope University in partnership with Tate Liverpool have delivered international symposia on cultural responses to urban democracy; have undertaken AHRC funded research that brings together gallery educators, academics, and healthcare partners from across the North-West; and have presented live performances on the theme of ‘exchange’.
Sharing knowledge: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIA
- In Athens’ Shadow: Radical Cultural Responses to Crisis in Urban Democracy, Feb 2017. Convened by Dr Niamh Malone. The proceedings of which have been published in the international online peer reviewed online journal Kritika Kultura (vol 30.31) co-edited by Dr Niamh Malone.
- Art Disarming Philosophy: Non-Philosophy and Aesthetics, Feb 2018. Co-convened by Dr Niamh Malone, Dr Gary Anderson and Dr Steven Shakespeare. The proceedings are currently being edited for a forthcoming book July 2020.
- Alien Sound: Ambient Music and the Limits of the Human. Forthcoming, date confirmed for Feb 9th 2019. Co-convened by Dr Niamh Malone, Dr Gary Anderson and Dr Steven Shakespeare.
Research: BEYOND CONSTRUCTIVISM
In 2013, Dr Antoinette McKane, Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies, received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Engagement fund to undertake a collaborative research project with Tate Liverpool, titled Beyond Constructivism. This project brought together gallery educators, academics, and healthcare partners from across the North-West of England to think together about the current issues in gallery education. The project focussed on the themes of the purpose of gallery education, the roles of the educator and learning, and the various environments in which gallery education takes place. The resulting report presented a set of collectively-informed recommendations for future work in research and practice.
Performance: TATE EXCHANGE
- In March-April 2017, Level I Creative and Performing Arts students occupied the Tate Exchange space for a week of performances engaged around the theme of ‘Exchange’. Titled, Shock Exchange: the Commodification of Value, the project microcosmically presented the fluid process of the stock exchange within a gallery space, by ‘investing’ the public’s own cultural value of art into a market scenario. The work had a footfall of roughly 4000 audience members and was the second year students’ end of year performance assessment. The project was proposed by Dr Niamh Malone and Dr Kris Darby, assisted by Dr Silvia Battista, Alex Germains and Dr Declan Patrick, and curated by MA Creative Practice Student Ciara O’Neill.
- March 2018: Forgotten Futures and the City – Arts intervention and Dementia. This was an interactive arts hub which brought stories and responses from nursing home residents and their connection to the city of Liverpool into the public domain. This project raised questions about memory, identity and transient places. It was designed by Dr Niamh Malone (Creator and Artistic Director) and Dr Kris Darby (Creative Technical Consultant). It was facilitated by Hope Graduate Theatre Company. The TATE recorded 6,192 visitors for that week.
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- Fine Art, Film and Visual Cultures
FACT Partnership and production residency
During the last three years more than 125 Level C Fine Art students have benefited from FACT’s Master classes in ground-breaking technology and new media. Creative Campus students benefited from the nine International Artist Talks and group critiques, offering distinctive curriculum enrichment for Liverpool Hope Students. This has provided students with an awareness of international contemporary practitioners working at the forefront of developments in technology and new media. Five Fine Art Graduates will have held successful Production Residencies at FACT. Residency holders have gone on to exhibit in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Cyprus Film Festival, Zabludowicz Collection, London and the 18th BJCEM European and Mediterranean Biennale of Young Artists, Tirana, as well as taking up employment with Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial. The upcoming residency holders are the founders of Root-ed magazine, already having launched their second publication during Light Night at Tate Liverpool.
Sound City Partnership
Fine Art students have been given the opportunity to put their skills into practice at one of Liverpool’s top music festivals. The second year students have been commissioned to design stage sets and projections for both small and large capacity venues at Sound City 2018, supported by a successful teaching and learning innovation award. Sound City 2018 took place at Liverpool Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery on Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th April. Returning for its 11th year, the festival celebrates music and arts from around the world, and will feature more than 250 bands and headliners across the weekend.
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