You are cordially invited to attend Dr. Amanda Ravetz's public talk "SAFEDI: social artists for equality, diversity and inclusion" at 17:30 on April 11.
Event language: English Admission: Free
About the talk: "For this talk I will present a research project called SAFEDI in which social artists attempt to bring marginalised participants’ voices into dialogue with cultural policy makers. SAFEDI responds to research by England’s Arts Council showing that the arts are failing to reach people from the global majority, those who are disabled, excluded by gender/sexuality and/or those who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds. By offering six artist commissions involving artists, participants and arts organisations, SAFEDI sought to reposition social practice as a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the visual arts. The talk will focus on two commissions, 'En-shrine' that through written, sung, signed, mapped, drawn and danced 'Access Recitations' aimed to shift attitudes to access in the partner organisation, and 'The Human Memorial' in which empty plinths catalysed discussions with participants and policymakers about the dismantling and decolonising of an English city’s public spaces."
Amanda Ravetz is Professor of Visual and Social practice at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. She trained across visual art and social anthropology and aspires to bring both sensibilities to her research and practice. Her film "In Time", made with and by children in a UK primary school, will show during the Riga Pasaules Film Festival 2022.