The fifth Dancing Museums workshop titled Acts of Social and Political Change: New Voices was hosted digitally by the UK partners from Mon 8 – Fri 12 March 2021, the week was curated by Dancing Museums UK artist, Eleanor Sikorski, Dance4, Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.
Dancing Museums– The Democracy of Beings is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities across Europe in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in. Individuals and arts organisations share, improve, develop and transfer skills and knowledge needed to broaden and deepen connections and relationships with audiences.
The practice-led research group, composed of artists, dance organisations, museums and universities from seven countries, looks at how the presence of dance can offer new ways of experiencing art and heritage and help audiences and visitors engage both intellectually and viscerally with artworks. The knowledge and experience generated throughout the project will empower the organisations and artists involved with the skills needed to implement meaningful audience development projects beyond the duration of the project.
As part of the Dancing Museums II workshop week, the UK partners put together a week of events that looked to broaden the understanding of the Dancing Museums project so far as well as to explore the responsibilities of arts leaders within the social and political landscape.
As well as workshops and sharing sessions amongst the partners, there was also a public event – Guest Artist Panel: Haunting Newstead Abbey. The artist panel included mayfield brooks, Mary Pearson, Seke Chimutengwende with panel facilitation by Season Butler.
The event was recorded and can be viewed here.
Throughout the week, we were also joined by live illustrator Temugen Gunawardena – who documented our journey.
The next Dancing Museums event will be a seminar held in Rotterdam in May/June 2021
Dancing Museums is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.