What Makes A Good Life//
These films explore the roles of the artist, facilitator and participant. Examining how these roles cross over by challenging what is socially engaged is and the ethics around authorship and ownership. These are collaborative films, featuring works from multiple community art projects, facilitated by a variety of artist. Together we hope to promote the importance and value to the making and production of socially engaged art.
My position during these projects was to facilitate and observe. Through the use of a camera lens I was able to work alongside the projects in a non-invasive way to observe and critique the purpose and value of the projects. The films made are more then documentation because of its importance towards time. Every shot is truthful and unforced due to the number of hours spent listening. They question why artists are working in social engagement, and what this means for the quality of the experience and the work produced.
Newcastle City Arts Council run an artist residency over the course of six months featuring five artist working with multiple community organisations. During the residency of 2017/2018 each artist worked on a separate project that led up to an exhibition at the end called, Let’s Meet in the Middle at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. Each artist worked alongside a student artist and worked with a student curator and documenters.
Newcastle City Arts Council, Alison Flanagan-Wood, Sally Southern, Georgina Heighton, Chain Reaction, Cath Campbell, West Denton Woman Working Creatively Together, Josie Brooks, Sophie Crocker, West Denton Recycle, Claire Webster, Roman Vaughan-Williams, Across the Ages, Bryony Bainbridge, Bloom Army, Emma Wilson, Georgia Bates, Leina Taylor, Judy Thomas, David Butler.