Discussion Group
30 March 2017, 6-8pm
Abingdon Studios

Forum is a critique and discussion group for women working in the arts and culture sector. Participants are invited to bring their experience, skills, ideas and curiosity to the table, to unpack and probe subjects relating to contemporary arts and culture.

Forum meetings take place on a monthly basis and are designed and directed by a guest facilitator. Each session will explore a different topic and will have a different format; the session may include a workshop, break out discussion groups, or an informal presentation. Forum is an opportunity for women in the arts to come together and create a supportive space for meaningful discourse. It is a place to explore new ideas, form partnerships, develop skills and expand professional opportunities.

We encourage women from diverse backgrounds and with different degrees of experience to participate in Forum. Whether you are a practicing artist, curator, producer, crafter, community facilitator, emerging practitioner or a dabbler; Forum aims to bring together and empower all women navigating the sector.

Devised and facilitated by Blackpool based emerging artist Anya Hassett, our next session will explore demonstrations and protests as a vehicle for social change. Hassett will discuss significant and influential protests and unpack the role of visual language and semiotic systems. The group will consider the effectiveness of different forms of protest and will aim to address the issue of art as activism. The session will include a creative sign making workshop.

Anya Hassett is a young artist currently studying for a University of the Arts London diploma in Art and Design, having previously studied Linguistics at University College London. Working predominantly with ceramic and paint, Hassett’s practice explores the impact of sensory surroundings upon the visual medium.

Join us on March 30th from 6:00pm until 8:00pmon the second floor of Abingdon Studios* in Blackpool. Forum is free to attend but spaces are limited, please email to book your place. All materials for the sign making workshop will be provided.

To find out more about Forum and our previous sessions, please click here.

*Venue address: Abingdon Studios, Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU.