Social Making symposium tickets and open calls now open

Take A Part are excited to announce our second biennial symposium Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June 2018.

Held at Devonport Guildhall, home of Real Ideas Organisation, the Arts Council England Bridge organisation for the South West.


The aim of the symposium is to bring examples of international socially engaged practices to the South West of the UK, giving the region exposure to a wider network of projects and organisations, and an opportunity to consider a range of methods and their impact.The event provides support and learning for artists, curators, arts organisations, councillors, commissioners, producers, students, academics and community members, ensuring that the region continues to produce and support high-quality, risk-taking and ambitious public arts programmes.  It is also about shining a light on practices in Plymouth, sharing the city's ambitions outwards and sharing the people and projects that innovate and take-risk.  This year we’ll be showcasing the work of cross-disciplinary practitioners; from visual artists, to theatre-makers, to poets.

The 2018 symposium will consider social practice and identity; how art can help audiences reconsider their understandings of, and positions on sexuality, gender, race, economy and politics amongst other aspects. We will be exploring how social practice can help us reconsider the notion of community itself.

Early bird rates are available until March 30th, available at:



Social Makers

As part of the symposium programme we are hoping to share the work of those working with social practices engaged with communities in Plymouth and the South West.

We are inviting proposals from artists from Plymouth and the South West region whose work is strongly engaged in community, to display work, an installation, or documentation of practice which may include video, photographs, text or performance in one of three converted jail cells in the Devonport Guildhall building.

For more information about this unique site please contact deadline for proposals is March 17th.

More info here:



SOUP is a powerful tool to start conversations, practice democracy and fund new projects, people, and ideas. 

Social Making SOUP is a micro granting dinner based on the hugely successful SOUP model – it’s an opportunity to present a new idea or project to peers, to bring people together, to have fun and supporting social practice arts projects.

If you are interested in presenting at the soup, e-mail with a CV and short paragraph describing your project, by April 30th.

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Pecha Kuchas

Take A Part are looking for South-West based artists, curators, producers, educators and arts organisations, who work with social practice to share a pecha kucha (a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images) at the 2018 Social Making symposium.

If you have something you'd like to share get in touch with with an artist statement, CV, and five images or weblinks to by 5pm March 16th.

More info here:


The symposium is delivered by Take a Part CIC thanks to support from Plymouth Culture and Arts Council England.  

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