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UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House have launched the third iteration of Constellations, a free artist development programme that supports nine UK-based artists to explore socio-political issues, community-oriented practice, and public contexts.
Constellations supports artists to develop their practice, collaborate with others, and access new networks. The programme places a strong focus on ideas of co-authoring and self-organising and addresses the importance of collaboration in moments of crisis and the key role arts and culture can play in facilitating social cooperation. This year’s iteration also considers the digital realm as a platform for collaboration, engagement, and exchange as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with workshops taking place both online and offline.
Running between July 2020 and February 2021, the programme will explore different approaches to artistic research and collaborative practice through eight self-led sessions (including one session facilitated by Constellations alumna Beverley Bennett) and five workshops led by Larisa Blazic, Languid Hands (Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot), Paul Purgas, Stine Marie Jacobsen, and Srećko Horvat.
This year’s cohort of artists are Adam Moore, Hussina Raja, Lady Kitt, Niki Colclough, Mark Bleakley, Sophie Seita, Tom Pope, Winnie Herbstein and Youngsook Choi and you can read more about their individual practice here.
Full details of the 2020-21 programme structure can be found here.
Constellations has been conceived by UP Projects in response to an increasing need to support artists interested in working within socio-political contexts. UP Projects have worked in collaboration with Flat Time House on this programme since 2017, drawing on the history of John Latham’s house as a site for experimental art education where students, artists and the wider public can come together to test the boundaries of what is teachable and knowable. The programme builds on the legacy of Latham's work as a founder member of the Artist Placement Group, a pioneering organisation in the history of socially engaged practice initiated in 1966 by Barbara Steveni.
Previous iterations of Constellations have involved contributions from a wide range of artists and practitioners, you can read about them here.
Constellations is generously supported by the Constellations Circle: Christopher Lloyd, Dave Field, Diversity Art Forum, Mark Skipworth and Peter Ratcliffe. To find out more about how to become a Constellations Circle Member and support artists’ development click here.