Using practical examples and participant’s own interests, this seminar will explore the possible role of art as a tool for political engagement. Whether it is provoking new thinking, re-presenting facts, re-framing arguments, building empathy or generating publicity, art can be a powerful tool for those seeking to have an influence on others. Participants will be encouraged to share experiences, debate approaches and work on developing ideas, objects, performances, texts, works of their own to communicate ideas they feel passionately about. The seminar series will be led by the artists collective Stan’s Cafe, who also contribute to Arts & Culture of the European Forum Alpbach 2019. Collaborative working will be encouraged, the series will develop in line with the interests of the group, there is time for reflection and who knows, maybe even a ‘showcase’ at the end!
Strictly no artistic talent necessary!
Associate Artist and Performer, Stan's Cafe Theatre Company, Birmingham||
Artistic Director, Stan's Cafe Theatre Company, Birmingham||
Associate Artist and Performer, Stan's Cafe Theatre Company, Birmingham
| ||An alumnus of Dartington College of Arts, Chris. Dugrenier is a French Artist working across artforms from solo performances, video art, site-specific and live art projects. She has a vision for works that are poetic, layered, experimental, works that take time, that take place in unusual settings and that are demanding of its audience. Her work has been presented at Warwick Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Embrace Arts, Goldsmith College, PDSW and was programmed at the Fierce International Festival, Expo, Sprint (Camden People Theatre), Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival (NEAT), Hatch Nottingham, Nottdance Festival and Sacred at Chelsea Theatre, Curve Theatre.|
Artistic Director, Stan's Cafe Theatre Company, Birmingham
| ||James Yarker co-founded the theatre company Stan’s Cafe in 1991, shortly after graduating from university. With James directing all their major productions Stan’s Cafe have grown to become one UK’s most inventive and admired contemporary theatre companies with their work in demand around the world. James is often asked to lecture, give talks and run workshops. Last year he co-authored the book "Devising Theatre With Stan’s Cafe", published by Bloomsbury Methuen. James is also a husband and a father.|