Neak Sophal, photo portrait from the exhibition Behind 2012
Neak Sophal, photo portrait from the exhibition Behind 2012

Interested in the arts and social processes? Interested in social change? Are you an artist, a health practitioner, involved in international relations, public policy, or activism?

Join our wide ranging series of international events from 20–29 March and participate in debates linking local community issues with global arts practices.

This series of events brings together an international line up of artists, academics and cultural professionals to debate what is at stake in reimagining new forms of citizenship and modes of civic participation. In an increasingly connected world what role do artists and public institutions play in critically querying understandings of participation and democracy, and in creating a space where new sensibilities, terminologies and practices of citizenship are enabled?

Can artists politicize communities and instigate long-term change? How have artists dealt with questions of citizenship and political representation through their practice? How has the ongoing crisis and ensuing cuts to public spending affected a change in the perceived role and responsibility of the public arts institution? How can we understand what is at stake today when we speak of citizenship and social justice in a globalized world? 

In an era of international whistleblowers, global protests and the tightening of anti-migrant legislation, what might the future citizen look like?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed throughout this series.

Speakers include Jeanne van Heeswijk, Sally Tallant, Jonas Staal, Emily Pethick, Elisa Bracher, Engin F. Isin and Jo Glanville.