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Intersecting Practices: events


We have planned a series of seminars, with invited speakers, to take place during March and April.

These seminars are very loosely themed, to provide a starting point for discussion. They are participatory events, in which the last part of the session will involve group discussion and feedback, in an effort to capture some of the emerging issues. We aim to collate responses to each seminar to be archived on the project website.

Audience impact of contemporary art and heritage
2 April 2014, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
University of Leeds, G19, Old Mining Building, LEEDS

Jordan Kaplan and Danielle Arnaud, Tatton Biennal
Steve Swindells, Huddersfield University (TBC)

What intepretation strategies can be used in contemporary art and heritage settings? How can we analyse (both qualitatively and quantitatively) impact of art on audiences when it is placed within a museum/ historic house or other heritage attraction, including in the long-term? How do we demonstrate value of negative reactions by audiences? What innovative strategies are in place to capture the impact and audience legacy of contemporary art projects?  Book here.

Strategic impact of contemporary art and heritage
23 April 2014 3.00pm to 5.30pm
University of Leeds, G19, Old Mining Building, LEEDS

Judith King, Arts and Heritage
Peter Sharpe, Kielder Art and Architecture Programme

Based on the presentations by Judith King and Peter Sharpe, this seminar addresses the relationship between contemporary art and heritage in the context of tourism, the visitor economy and regeneration agendas. Furthering previous discussions regarding audience, we aim to discuss methods which may be used to analyse this impact, particularly with regards economic impact which is notoriously difficult for arts organisations to measure. Book here.

Research impact of contemporary art and heritage
15 May 2014, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
University of Leeds, Baines Wing Seminar Room 1.13

Tom Freshwater, National Trust
Laura Guy, Inheritance Projects
Helen Moore, York Minster

With three complimentary presentations for this final seminar, we are particularly interested in discussing the way in which contemporary art contributes to heritage research. How, for example, can contemporary art speak about other overlooked, marginalised or contentious histories? Building on our central aim, we are interested in finding ways we might capture the benefit of this work for all stakeholders. Book here.


One Day Workshop

Issues, questions and ideas raised through the seminar series will be brought together during this one day workshop, to take place during May. We aim to use the workshop to provide the opportunity to explore questions of evaluation and impact in more detail, and explore how we can build on the professional contacts we have made for further events and projects.

What Next? Concluding workshop
Wednesday 28th May 2014
Leeds City Art Gallery, Main Lecture Theatre
Times to be confirmed

One of the central purposes of Intersecting Practices is to establish sustainable links between a wide range of organisations and individuals in order to develop more robust working practices,; another is to explore the potential for future projects and partnerships. This final workshop is seen as an opportunity for a more discursive engagement with issues that have arisen from the seminars, but also a very practical opportunity to build on the networks we have created.

If you are interested in attending, please email us at Intersecting Practices, explaining how you might benefit from participation, and what you might want to bring to the discussion.

Travel expenses, in many cases, can be reimbursed for attendance at this workshop.