Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
18 January 2023

Open call-out ACT Symposium

London, 28/29 June 2023

Artsadmin Canteen & Toynbee studios Artsadmin Canteen & Toynbee studios

Call-out for ACT Symposium

On the 28th/29th June 2023 Artsadmin and Art, Climate, Transition (ACT) will be co-hosting an international symposium exploring the intersections between contemporary performance, democratic participation, & environmental justice. This two-day symposium will be based at Toynbee Studios in London and sits alongside What Shall We Build Here festival.

This symposium takes an expanded understanding of political discourse and knowledge dissemination. To get to grips with the big themes we are looking at, and to move the conversation forwards, we need many modes of communication. We are delighted to include an eclectic mix of panel discussions, workshops, walks, performances, talks, keynote lectures, meals & meditations.

We are looking for artists, arts workers, theorists & activists to be a part of this programme.

There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Panel speaker – Panelists will have a 10 minute slot each, followed by a discussion. Panel themes will be confirmed once we have gathered responses, however current ideas include: Language & Ecology; Speculative Futures & Environmental Justice; and Democracy & Environmentalism.

We will cover travel costs & two nights of accommodation for selected panelists, and a one-off speaker fee of £200.

Please send us a 1-page proposal or 3 min video / audio recording including: a brief biography, and the subject you would like to speak on. Please also let us know where you would be travelling from.

  1. Workshops & interventions – this is a more flexible format which could include meals, walks, discussion sessions or more. These sessions can be between 1-2 hours and may take place on-site at Toynbee Studios or off-site.

We will cover travel costs, two nights of accommodation, and will cover the costs of prep & delivery time (based on a day rate of £200) as well as essential material costs.

Please send us a 1-page proposal or 3 min video / audio recording including: a brief biography of those involved and an overview of the session you would like to lead. Please also let us know where you would be travelling from, and offer an indication of audience/participant capacity.

These proposals are intended to be the beginning of conversations rather than detailed plans. Selected proposals will be invited for follow-up conversations as we begin to confirm the programme. Our intention is that all events in the symposium are in-person, however, we may also be open to online events.

The programme is being curated by Mark Godber, Dr Malaika Cunningham, and Róise Goan, with our network partners from ACT led by Carolina Mano Marques and Mark Deputter.

Please email your proposals [email protected] by end of day Monday 13th February. We will be in touch with all those who send us proposals by end of March 2023.