Social Art Network

Current co-lead of national mutual aid group for social practice in the UK
 

The Social Art Network (SAN) was developed in 2018 as part of a meetup strategy to help connect practitioners and thinkers around social practice. Inspired by Open Engagement and National Review of Live Art, my hope was to create a site of radical critique and care for artists and activists interested and dedicated to social concerns.

 

Developed from collaborations between artists in the Collaborative Arts Peer Forum and combined with input from London Meetup Community Geeks (makers of Hack the Barbican) we co-founded the Social Art Network​.

 

Through SAN we developed the Social Art Summit (SAS). 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. The Social Art Assembly 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, and other cities in development.