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Common Ground: identity, place, ownership and art

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Square Chapel

10 Square Road

Halifax

HX1 1QG

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A free conversation event about identity, place, ownership and art

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Please join us for a morning of conversations about people, place and art at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax. The session will start with a presentation from Stella Hall, Director of the award-winning Festival of Thrift in Redcar.

The shared experiences of communities and the stories they reveal informs the practice and values of many of us working in the arts and culture sector - at many different levels and in many different ways.

509 Arts works alongside communities to explore the hidden worlds of the everyday and translate domestic events into epic tales. We look for themes that resonate locally and ideas which have both local and universal meaning. We aim to create a sense of common cause between collaborators, audiences and the people they choose to share their stories with.

The ways we all - whether artists, community activists or arts organisations - shape those stories is of critical importance. It requires a willingness to connect and commit to the lives of strangers, to seek out hidden things and to find ways of saying and doing that reveal and engage. In the complex world of the 21st century this is not always a straightforward task and requires sensitivity and strength in equal measure. It is a creative compact between artists and people who have stories to tell, and the ways in which we bring structure, imagination, surprise and excellence into play is of paramount importance.

Common Ground is a morning of conversations, where questions of identity, place, ownership and art can be explored. We will not be looking for definitive answers – there is a wealth of experience in the field and people have been debating issues of “community engagement” for generations. Common Ground will be a place of dialogue, a chance to share experiences, to recognise the value of the work we all do and push the boundaries of our practice a little.

We hope you can join us.

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