Photos by: Nina Thomas, Julian Lister
Social Art Network, UK 2017 to now & the future
Social Art Summit, Sheffield 2018
Social Art Assembly, Tate Exchange 2019
From 2014 to 2017 I was leading member of Community Geeks, a meetup for citizens committed to community organising and social change. Then in 2017 Eelyn Lee invited me to join the Collaborative Arts Peer Forum and subsequently we co-founded the Social Art Network. Through SAN we developed the Social Art Summit with Ian Nesbitt. Inspired by the National Review of Live Art, this was a place to bring artists dedicated to social, collaborative, public, and participatory practices. SAS was presented as a large-scale collaborative social practice work of art where artists presented works through talks, meals, installations, 2D works, film, interventions, live music, and more. SAA was held the following year to review the magical 48 hour social art gathering and plan for the future of SAN and the creation of a second Summit as a biennial. Currently there are SAN meetups happening in London, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Nottingham, Brighton, Newcastle, Manchester, Inverness, and other cities in development.