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The Politics of Engagement - Rights in Focus Conference, Autograph

  • London
  • combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, museums, photography, theatre, visual arts


This conference will explore how social justice agendas can inform the challenges, practice and discourse of arts engagement.

Over two days, we will discuss the structural powers shaping the context in which arts engagement work is taking place, and consider how approaches based on the legal, civic, and human rights of participants can inform more ethically aware forms of participatory projects - and help initiate systemic change.

Join us for talks and workshops led by professionals across the arts, academia, social policy, and community sectors. By bringing together these different fields, we hope to profile and share new ideas. Attendees will be encouraged to share learning, skills and resources from their own practice.

How can the of rights of participants be central to the design and delivery of arts engagement?

Why do we work with those most marginalised, excluded or discriminated against?

What ethical dilemmas and power dynamics of arts engagement emerge in these relationships?

Can this work advocate for systemic change at personal, community, organisational and societal levels?

The Rights in Focus Conference is aimed at arts professionals, socially engaged artists, curators, arts commissioners, facilitators creating workshops in arts and community spaces, artist educators, and those working in community settings - regardless of what stage in your career or practice you are at.


15 & 16 April at Autograph in Shoreditch, London. £50 for both days, includes lunch. Read more and book tickets at

10 free tickets are available to artist educators, read how to apply on our blog:


Curated by Ali Eisa and Lucy Keany at Autograph. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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