Free symposium, free lunch: occursus/plastiCities in conversation with Art Sheffield


occursus/plastiCities in conversation with Art Sheffield

Friday June 29th, 10am-4pm, with music and drinks at 4pm

Jessop West Exhibition Space, 1 Upper Hanover Street, University of Sheffield, S3 7RA (for a location map, please click here)

Art Sheffield and The University of Sheffield are collaborating on a new series of participatory symposia and workshops reflecting on art in the city. The aim is to generate debate around different aspects of contemporary art practice. It is intended that these discussions will feed into the planning and rationale for the next Art Sheffield Festival, which will be launched in October 2013 and will cohere around the central theme of new and old models of social and civic participation and work.

The first symposium, to be held at the University of Sheffield on Friday 29th June, will provide an opportunity for contributors from a wide range of interests and backgrounds relating to this broad field of enquiry to tease out strands to be used as ‘provocateurs’ that, over the course of the next year, will encourage debate and dialogue.

The symposium will adopt a non-traditional format, interspersing speakers with performances, readings, screenings, a city walk and a collaborative roundtable discussion. As part of the programme, we will also be offering a free lunchtime picnic, during which participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk informally. The resulting content will be documented and available online.

The themes we would like to explore on June 29th include (but are not limited to): 

  • works: the architecture of historic workplaces around the city
  • craftsmanship and sites for creative activity
  • spaces that have been taken up by both artist communities and developers
  • devotion and vocation
  • the reconnection with meaningful labour and talents; work removed from economic gain, as a counter to a meaningless, boredom or inertia – ‘waste of time jobs’ all relating to the shifting economy of the city
  • social cohesion within the city; the construction and perpetuation of class systems preventing solidarity  and new media as an alternative model
  • the architecture and social and economic history of the city

Please register here for a place and free lunch.


  • 10am – introduction by Amanda Crawley Jackson
  • 10.20am – Bhavani Esapathi
  • 10.40am – Bryan Eccleshall
  • 11am – Simon Marginson
  • 11.20 – break and informal discussions
  • 11.40am – Dan Smith
  • 12pm – Florian Kossak
  • 12.20pm – Luke Bennett
  • 12.40pm – SKINN
  • 1pm – Lunch, walk (depending on weather), informal discussions
  • 2pm – Angelina Ayers
  • 2.15pm – Rachel Genn
  • 2.30pm – Cristina Cerulli
  • 2.50pm – Carolyn Butterworth
  • 3.10pm – Matt Cheeseman
  • 3.25pm – Discussion led by Laura Sillars and Lesley Guy
  • 4pm – music, wine & informal discussions
  • 5pm – close

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