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Art on the inside as festival experts hold conference at prison
6:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
FESTIVAL experts are going behind bars on Portland in a bid to breathe fresh life into the cultural scene.
They are holding the Resonant Terrains conference at the Verne prison to decide if festivals are the way forward for the arts. Representatives from arts organisations, artists, curators, and producers will attend the event at the jail, from Thursday to Saturday.
The symposium is being organised by Dorset-based B-side multimedia which played a leading role in last year’s Cultural Olympiad projects in Weymouth and Portland.
B-side producer Sandy Kirkby said: “With arts funding cuts affecting so many venues, festivals, biennials and events that present contemporary art in temporary locations are increasingly being seen as the way to commission and present visual arts.
“Resonant Terrains is an opportunity for artists, producers, curators and other cultural professionals to discuss the issues and opportunities for festivals and site-based art.”
The new director of visual arts for the Arts Council England Peter Heslip will open the event.
There will be entertainment, screenings and activities as well as debate during the conference.
Subjects for discussion will include the economic and cultural benefit of festivals.
There will also be a proposal for an international art event or biennial for the South West Delegates will have an artist-led walk and a bus tour around Portland.
Visit b-side.org.uk/events/symposium-resonant-terrains for further details.
Lectures focus on island space
THE event will include a performance lecture by artist Phil Smith.
Producer and researcher Alex Murdin will explore the benefits of art in public space, while Sue Palmer and Joff Winterhart will explore the corners, signage and human life of the Fortuneswell area of Portland.
Jez Riley French will use unconventional devices to provide different ways to listen to sounds normally hidden from naked ears.
A bus tour with Neal White will draw upon Portland’s coastal location, geological properties and social history.
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