Spectrum Centre, 331-333 Shankill Road
28th March: 2.15pm – 5.30pm (doors 1.45pm)
This is an European Arts Education Platform seminar session, organised by Beat Carnival and open to interested practitioners.
This workshop provides space for critical reflection on participatory arts practice and will consider how do we know our arts programmes result in significant benefits, for example giving children a great start in life and enabling people of all ages to thrive? During this session, and a follow-on workshop on 29 March, participants will share and examine arts access and engagement methodologies, consider the ways we measure success and how we use evaluation to improve our practice. Beat Carnival is a member of the Trans Europe Halles network of independent cultural centres across Europe and is organising a seminar programme of the TEH Arts Education Platform in Belfast over 28th and 29th March.
Workshop 1: What are our models of participation and learning? How and why do we have these models of participation in our arts programmes? Speaker presentations will be followed by participative discussion through open space process, facilitated by Gerri Moriarty and Jo Egan with Katerina Flora from Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Bagneux, Paris. Gerri Moriarty is an independent arts consultant with a long-standing commitment to exploring the contribution that arts and culture can make to nurturing social change. She has recently co-edited ‘Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art’ with Dr. Alison Jeffers. Jo Egan is a playwright and theatre-maker fuelled by a search for narratives that are absent from traditional theatre and story-telling. Much of her work is influenced by one to one interviews she gathers from the previously unheard and unseen.
Katerina Flora is Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde’s manager of vocational training. She worked as a circus performer and a trainer; writes, teaches and organises training on contemporary and social circus; and was one of the writers of “Circus Transformation” (2014) the first European programme for trainers in social circus.
Beat Carnival is a member of the Trans Europe Halles network of independent cultural centres across Europe and is organising a seminar of the TEH Arts Education Platform in Belfast over 28 and 29 March. This is the second annual seminar of the Platform. Seminar Programme and venues are held in the neighbourhood where Beat Carnival is based and the nearby Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road. Beat Carnival encourages people to celebrate creative community life in ways that are ambitious and welcoming. Beat creates free events with large-scale community participation in public places. Thousands of children, young people and adults engage in over 600 carnival workshops annually. Beat Carnival Centre is located at the intersection of Belfast City Centre and some of the most deprived areas of Belfast and Northern Ireland, which are still suffering from the long-term legacy of the Troubles conflict, urban ‘development’ and on-going community tensions.
For further info see www.beatcarnival.com