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Brighton CCA

A new centre for
contemporary arts at the
University of Brighton

This event is part of Structures of Community

The Brixton Exchange, 2013. An event by Anchor & Magnet - Barby Asante, Kate Theophilus and Katy Beinart

Join us for a one-day symposium exploring and sharing practice-based research in art, architecture & design that uses socially engaged or participatory methods. 

This programme brings together artists, researchers, curators and writers to ask:

How do socially engaged and participatory methods offer different understandings of what research can be?

What sort of outcomes do they produce? How can this work be documented, and shared in ways that acknowledge the collaborative and dialogic nature of the research?

What sort of challenges come with socially engaged and participatory research for the researcher and the participant?

Please find the programme below. Further ticketing and access information can be found below the schedule.


9am Registration

9.30am Welcome and introduction by Katy Beinart and Lizzie Lloyd 

10am Panel Discussion (1)
Engaging with participatory art practices as research including presentations from Sophie Hope, Anthony Schrag, R.M. Sánchez-Camus and Vanessa Marr

11.15am BREAK

11.45am Panel Discussion (2)
Changing architecture, spatial practice and spaces through social engagement chaired by Claire Staunton and including presentations from Torange Khonsari, Gil Mualem-Doron, Sarah Akigbogun and Unit 38


Lunchtime activities:

– Join for a special tour of Socially Engaged Arts Space (SEAS) Brighton exhibition Queering Nature, led by Pacheanne Anderson
Pre-book your place here.

– Artist Lady Kitt invites you to spend one on one time talking though your socially engaged art project
Four 40-minute one to one, pre-booked sessions are available on a first come first served basis. Please register your interest here.

– Take part in a self-led duster making activity by artist Vanessa Marr
Drop-in, Brighton CCA North Gallery

– Visit Quiet Down There, in residence with their laundrette project at Dorset Place
Drop-in, 6 Dorset Place, BN2 1ST 

– Leap then Look present a film about their recent arts education practice
Drop-in, Sallis Benney Theatre

2pm Roundtable Discussions:

(1) Practice-based research, and the problematics of participation with presentations from Ada Hao, Sophie Mak-Schram, Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, Jessica Melville-Brown and Alex Fitch

(2) Institutions, access and inclusion with presentations from Jordan Whitewood-Neal & James Zatka-Haas, Chantal Spencer, Jo Offer & Jane Lloyd, Micheál O’Connell and Fenya Sharkey

(3) Co-creating spaces and places of encounter with presentations from Kirtis Clarke, Tony Santos & Concrete Blossoms, Rocca Holly-Nambi (B-side), Helen Dewhurst, Claire Staunton, Sarah Britten-Jones

3.30pm BREAK

4pm  Panel discussion (3)
Join the speakers from the morning session to reflect on and discuss the day


Co-hosted and supported by School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, School of Arts & Media and Experimental Design Practices Research and Enterprise Group (ExDP REG) at University of Brighton, and Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art.


Joining in-person – Book here or use the Book Now button above to reserve your in person ticket. 

Joining digitally – If you would like to join the Panel Discussions remotely please book your ticket here. To join one of the Roundtable Discussions remotely please contact us here. 

Getting to Brighton CCA:

This is an in-person and online event. For those attending in person, please join us at Brighton CCA, University of Brighton, 58 – 67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY. We will be using the Kingswood Street entrance. 


The safety of all our visitors and staff is paramount and therefore we will be organising the event with careful attention to suitable COVID safety procedures.


Brighton CCA has step-free access throughout its public spaces. We are wheelchair accessible and can organise a carer ticket free of charge.

There are two bookable Blue Badge holder parking spaces at Grand Parade. Please contact to request parking.

Our toilet facilities are male, female and there is an accessible, gender neutral toilet. We can organise audience members a quiet space during the day as required.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your visit please contact Polly Wright on 01273644716 or email and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a positive experience here.

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