The first a-n Assembly event for 2018 will take place at Paradise Works on Thursday 24 May. Working in collaboration with artist and Paradise Works’ co-director Lucy Harvey, Assembly Salford will explore how artists can maintain their presence in a rapidly developing city region.
Manchester city centre has seen the relocation or loss of no fewer than eight artists’ studios since the start of 2017, and this has resulted in a growing artist-led presence in neighbouring city Salford and the surrounding areas. Relocation has resulted in new models of practice, collaboration and dialogue for artist-led activity, replacing the support structures which previously enabled artists to work in Manchester city centre.
Part symposium, part workshop, Assembly Salford will explore the different approaches, decisions and compromises which artists might need to take to petition their place in the city. Programme sessions include Models of Practice and What do we want? (and when do we want it?), with an opportunity to play The Regeneration Game with artist and architect Helen Stratford, and join Will Marshall for an Artwork Exchanges dinner.