Lone(ly) Arts Club is a monthly online meet up for artists and practitioners looking to connect.
Now, as we emerge, having listened to the amazing feedback we plan to continue this with more of the same, and tapping into learning and sharing around how to develop socially engaged work in a post-pandemic landscape.
Meeting online on the last Friday of every month, we will respond to current issues for artists and practitioners and link into In-Situ’s programme stands, methodology and our ways of working between artists and communities. It is a social space for artists and practitioners who are living, working or have roots in East Lancashire, and also welcoming those from further afield.
The sessions will run with a combination of In-Situ, guest and peer-led conversations that develop a sense of community and an opening up of possible pathways. We hope to break down barriers to involvement in our programmes, commissions and being an artist, encourage confidence and create access points for people to work with us. We’ll be looking out to connect artists with similar practices, and to encourage sharing skills and learning within the group.
Sessions are drop in and you can book to join us via Eventbrite. You can attend a one off session if you like, but also, we aim to develop a group feel to these sessions where we get to know you and you get to know each other.
Each session will have a different theme or focus, but we will always be looking at and working towards:
Professional and critical development - skills and frameworks for thinking and doing
Creating collaborative opportunities with people and place
Artists responding to the locale and learning about an interdisciplinary, embedded approach
Creating safe space for underrepresented artists
Enabling under-supported and underrepresented artists into programmes and organisations
“I really enjoyed the meeting on Friday, it was nice to hear about some different things and see some familiar and unfamiliar faces! I have been avoiding these kinds of meetings during Lockdown, (I'm much more comfortable listening than I am speaking and these situations force you to get involved) but this was really great and has actually encouraged me to seek out some similar things.” - Participant
“There's not a lot of artists I know in this area so this is a good way of meeting people and finding out what’s going on. I don’t feel as isolated”
Friday 7 May / 10-12.30 PM
Artists working in lockdown, with Testing Ground artists Lydia Griffiths, Christian Bell and Jasmine Calland.
Friday 4 June / 10-12.30 PM
Artists and Healthcare, Social Prescribing, self-care for artists and our learning so far on Together an Active Pendle.
Friday 2 July / 10-12.30 PM
Friday 6 August / 10-12.30 PM
Future Economies and Creative Ecologies with Associate Artists Kerry Morrison and Andy Abbott.
Friday 3 September / 10-12.30 PM
Yes and…. Radical thinking and making with young people. With young people from The Summit, RemodelMCR and Paul Hartley.
“Listening to other people has helped me work out what I want to do. I struggled with this for a while at the start (of lockdown) but this helped me to unpick things and ask questions and I feel like I know more about where I want to go with things now”
“The internet has been a lifeline in this period, connecting with other artists in groups like this has been really important to keep me going”