Spaced Out


A one-day conference looking at the ways artists can, and do, use space in a wider urban and economic context

Spaced Out (Tuesday 24 April 2018, CSM) explored the varieties and uses of space as used and imagined across wider society as a context for visual artists: from new uses for traditional spaces, the impact of rising accommodation costs on London’s creative scenes, innovative business spaces and how virtual spaces are used to exhibit, make and sell work. The conference explored the broad political and economic currents that are changing how and what spaces are available to artists and the arts, and consider the impact on future practice, culture and society.

The day saw four distinctive sessions on studio, business, domestic and virtual spaces, each introduced by a short, provocative keynote, and followed by a chaired panel discussion with audience Q&A. The event ended with a short film and drinks reception.

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Introduction: Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive, DACS
Panel 1: Studio Space – watch on Periscope

Keynote: Eyal Weizman, architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, and Director of Forensic Architecture
Anthony Gross, artist and founder of Enclave
Nick Hartwright, director at projekt
Chair: Russell Martin, Director of Artquest

Panel 2: Domestic Space – watch on Periscope
Keynote: Sovay Berriman, artist and plumber
Eduardo Padilha, artist and founder of Balin House Projects
Carol Tulloch, UAL Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
Chair: Gilane Tawadros, CEO of DACS

Panel 3: Business Space – watch on Periscope
Keynote: Farzana Khan, Platform London / Voices That Shake
Tom Atkinson, architect and founder of The Micro-Developments Bureau
Alistair Hicks, writer and curator
Chair: Sarah Staton, artist and Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art

Panel 4: Virtual Space – watch on Periscope
Keynote: Ruth Catlow, artist and curator, co-founder of Furtherfield
Tom Elsner, director, and Artrabbit
Jon Fawcett, artist and founder/director, Infinite Multiple
Chair: Mark Waugh, Business Development Director, DACS

Film: Surviving the State (12 minutes)

Surviving The State came out of a collaborative filming and editing process by young people from different areas around London during the Shake! programme Healing the Cuts in summer 2017.  The film explores the pressing issues of gentrification, and youth violence and deaths, to expand the usual narratives and share how it affects black and brown youth.  It looks at the relationship between youth violence and gentrification, a link that is rarely explored from this perspective, and never by the voices it directly impacts.


Conference partners

Spaced Out was presented with DACS. Established by artists for artists, DACS is the UK’s flagship not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, DACS act as a trusted broker for 100,000 artists worldwide. Founded over 30 years ago, DACS campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. They collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates and have paid over £100 million in royalties – a significant source of income supporting artists’ livelihoods.

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