DASH's first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class.
Thanks to generous funding from ACE, Awkward Bastards returns in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be, framed and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.
The two-day symposium will feature artists' presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.
Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist).
Call for Proposals - Radical Practices:
AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium. We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.
Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.
We plan to present 10 provocations on March 23rd, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.
Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.
To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.
Please put 'Radical Practices' in the subject line and include the following information:
- your name
- your contact details
- a title
- a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words)
- how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant)
- a representative low-res image
- a short biography
We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.
Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016.