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Social Art Network

ALAS Director RM Sánchez-Camus is the co-founder of a national mutual aid group for social practice artists in the UK. 

The Social Art Network (SAN) was developed in 2018 as part of a strategy to help connect practitioners and thinkers around social practice. Inspired by Open Engagement and National Review of Live Art, the 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) the Social Art Network was founded.

Following the launch of SAN was 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.