Culture+Conflict organises panel discussions, seminars and conferences. We also participate in an increasing number of activities managed by other organisations.
Our next event is a panel discussion on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with artists Hrair Sarkissian and Jonas Staal, and writer Frances Stonor Saunders, chaired by Bernadette Buckley from Goldsmiths University.
This will be followed by a one-day symposium at Central Saint Martins, UAL, on Saturday 3 December 2016. They are programmed in partnership with Goethe-Institut London under the title Promised Land (the title of a work by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen), bringing together artists, curators and academics to discuss two views of Europe: the promise of Europe as a place of human rights, security and prosperity; and the Europe of borders, refugee camps, populism, euro scepticism, conflict, and tendencies towards neo-nationalism.
Recent events programmed by Culture+Conflict include the one-day symposium Who Cares? Cultural Intelligence: Value, Veneration and Criticality, held at the Royal College of Art in October 2015 with papers presented by speakers including JJ Charlesworth, Nina Power, Julian Stallabrass and Anthony Downey. Previous events have been programmed with organisations including Amnesty International; Delfina Foundation; Free Word Centre; Imperial War Museum; Institute of Contemporary Arts; House of Lords, Goldsmiths; University of London; Royal College of Art; the Royal Court Theatre; Southbank Centre; and the University of Manchester.
Culture+Conflict has co-commissioned, with the Goethe-Institut, London, a new work by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen. The new commission, Quicksand, will be premiered on Saturday 3 December and subsequently exhibited at Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The work is further supported by the Danish Embassy and the Danish Arts Council.
Our first artist residency is taking place in 2016/17 at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King’s College London, with the artist invited to bring new insights to the collection. This is supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Arts Council England.
We have developed a strand of activity focused on education in order to further our mission to provide support and exposure for cultural activities taking place in conflict areas, and to encourage and enable cultural exchange. Our initial focus is on Afghanistan, which began with support for a filmmaker to attend the ‘Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School 2015′, held at the University of Galway, Ireland, led by photographer Nick Danziger. This provided Kabul-based filmmaker Masooma Pouya with an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading filmmakers and photographers, to bring her own experiences and knowledge to the school, and to build international networks.
A new scholarship for an Afghan artist to undertake a Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London takes places this academic year 2016/17, generously supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation. The scholarship is providing an opportunity for an artist to gain a post-graduate qualification, develop career opportunities and exchange experiences with staff and students in London. This is a partnership with Caspian Arts Foundation, who already run similar scholarships for emerging artists from the Middle East.
We continue with our research into the role and value of art in the context of international conflict, and list current exhibitions, events and projects taking place internationally on this website and C+C’s Facebook.
A research application focusing on the relationship between art and conflict is currently being developed by the Royal College of Art in association with Culture+Conflict as a member of a consortium that includes Tensta Konsthall, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Vilnius Academy of Fine Art, convened by The Lisbon Consortium.
A free online journal, Art and Conflict, has essays by artists and curators that raise examples, issues and possibilities in this area of work.