Where We Meet: a creative symposium and resource

Join us for Where We Meet: a creative symposium focused on the principles of care-taking and hospitality in arts and social practice. This gathering marks the launch of Where We Meet – a good practice resource for and with artists with lived experience of displacement and the organisations they/ we work with.

During this day-long event, we will create a space for creative engagement with the resource and explore the values, complexities, and tensions inherent in our collaborations. The symposium will present key sections of the new resource including – working with lived experience, advocacy and freedom of expression, navigating language and developing spaces of connection. Hosted by co-authors and researchers Mia Gubbay, Soizig Carey and Beulah Ezeugo. With contributing artists Paria Goodarzi, Amak Mahmoodian, Seif Eddine Jlassi and Mousa Alnana. This event is for artists, cultural workers and organisations.

Wednesday 12 June I 10.00 – 17.00 I Centre for Contemporary Arts I Glasgow

  • Introduction to Where We Meet as a resource, with co-authors and researchers, Mia Gubbay, Soizig Carey and Beulah Ezeugo (Cross Borders)

  • Provocations from Beulah Ezeugo and nusa C Parinussa

  • Hybrid performance by Paria Goodarzi and Amak Mahmoodian, supported by D6 as part of ASSEMBLE

  • Vegan and vegetarian lunch provided by Milk Café

  • Artists talk and tour of HOW IF WHEN, an exhibition showing in Intermedia by Seif Eddine Jlassi and Mousa AlNana

  • Positioning knowledge and care – what will this resource do?

  • Live screen printing with Print Clan – print some key texts from the resource and take them home/ to work!

We will cover travel costs and organise interpreters for attendees who need it. Please get in touch ahead of the day with any access requirements. 

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About the resource

Where We Meet is a practical resource responding to the potential for artists, creative practitioners and arts organisations to co-create inclusive spaces for healing and belonging. There is an urgent need to co-develop spaces to examine inequalities and perceived social differences – to exchange values, perspectives and forms of knowledge that nurture the imagined alternative realities and futures that can lift us up and guide us through the divisions of modern borders and polarised political systems.

Artists with lived experience of displacement play a huge role in enriching Scotland’s cultural output. For communities – social activities and creative endeavours, build understanding and nurture diversity. For individuals – arts activities can provide a means of communication that overcome language barriers, build skills and confidence and create opportunities for friendships and shared endeavour.

At the same time, the professional worlds of ‘arts and culture’ in the UK have been shaped by oppressive systems; racist imperialist legacies, class, patriarchy, ableism and processes of commodification. Too often diversity is seen as something ‘out-there’ to be invited in – an objectified unit of difference, rather than something which is essential to human society and wellbeing.

Where We Meet is based on years of work in arts and community development, of coming together, to strengthen creative networks, and to collectively voice and share advice and learning around managing and addressing barriers in arts and cultural industries. In doing this we hope to demystify some of the skills, processes and ethical considerations that contribute to modes of good practice within a growing, complex area. Developed by co-researchers Mia Gubbay, Soizig Carey and Beulah Ezeugo.

You can access the resource here: Where We Meet