'Love in Social Practice', film still. Saturday Socials Community Project with Lucy Steggals, Cubitt, London, July 2019

LOVE IN SOCIAL PRACTICE

 

Cubitt Film Commission 

 

In November 2018, I was nominated to take part in a radical experimental workshop called No Shortlists, conceived and facilitated by artist Joshua Sofaer.

Joshua constructed a three-hour workshop based on the premise of flattening the hierarchy and shifting the inevitable power relation that exists between commissioning art institutions and artists. Through the strategy of a nomination process, four commissioning arts organisations (Cara Courage from Tate Exchange, Emily Gee from Heart of Glass, Elena Gifford from Festival of Making and Dimity Nicholls from Cubitt) and four artists  (Amy Pennington, Juan delGado, Sadie Edginton and myself), were brought together before being randomly matched to 'explore alternative models for commissioning socially engaged practice'. I was matched with Cubitt, and a reciprocal discussion about a new commission was born where I would create a new piece of work. 

A couple of months later, I was invited to a meeting at Cubitt with the staff and artists Lucy Steggals and Ania Bas, who were delivering two of the community outreach projects. From my observations at this initial meeting, it was clear how much Charlene Sandy's, position as the then Creative and Outreach Coordinator, played such a central and indispensable component between the participants, artists and the organisation. Further to this, what I witnessed most from Charlene, was her enormous amount of natural love and care.

I decided to make a short film over the following months, in an attempt to capture the essence and spirit of Charlene at work, which I titled Love in Social Practice. 

Related links:

The Great Women Artists Podcast

Love in Social Practice (excerpt), HD video with sound, duration 08:44 mins

Click here to watch the full film

Above images: Film stills, 2019

Love in Social Practice was commissioned by CubittThe audio track was enhanced by Louis Gaston.

No Shortlists was supported by ‘Social Works ?’, the commissioning arm of Axisweb’s Models of Validation – a two-year knowledge transfer partnership between Axisweb and Manchester Metropolitan University exploring socially engaged artistic practice, in partnership with Cubitt Education and Notting Hill Genesis. 73 Mildmay Street is an Extra Care facility run by Notting Hill Genesis.

 

The No Shortlists workshop nomination came from artist Harold Offeh.

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