the art-activism of Condé and Beveridge
Toronto — 28 May 2016.
The Public Exposures symposium (May 27, 28, 29) brought together participants from diverse communities and working sectors – practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators and students. Inspired by Condé and Beveridge’s innovative art, and their strategic activism, the broad aims of the symposium were:
- To reflect on issues and strategies that they and many others are engaging – specifically in the areas of artists’ rights, and art and labour – and more broadly around needs for social, economic, and environmental justice.
- To energize grassroots collaborations – renewing/strengthening existing links – seeding new possibilities for artists and activists working in the public sphere.
Introductions by Jim Miller and Min Sook Lee; and Caroline Langill. Keynote address by:
- Barb Byers: Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, and board member for the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.
art-activism panel moderated by Don Bouzek. Presentations by:
- Dot Tuer: theorist and historian, OCAD University, Toronto.
- Loraine Leeson: art and community, Middlesex University, London, UK.
- Leaf Watson and Sanjit Dhillon: curators of the contemporary response to Beveridge & Condé's “It's Still Privileged Art 1976,” OCAD University, Toronto.
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