DIY: 2013 – Barby Asante & Delaine Le Bas ‘To Gypsyland’



Barby Asante and Delaine Le Bas
To Gypsyland
with Live at LICA and Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
A workshop that explores the personal and political in performative, collaborative and socially engaged practices.

Project summary:
Drawing on their own personal working experiences as artists and how this has influenced the development of their collaboration on the touring project To Gypsyland, this workshop will encourage participants to consider issues of place identity and marginal histories within their work in a series of actions and dialogues about being artists working in practices that are performative, collaborative, and social/socially engaged. We will look at culture and cultural experience, whose culture and who is representing, considering concepts and situations that impact on culture such as the stereotyping and romanticising of others, dichotomies present in the ideas of insider/outsider and visibility/invisibility, the role of a place, site or institution, the global and the local and ideas and realities of nomadism for necessity and in the artistic imagination in the creation and framing of work and art making. We will also take participants to Bolton Museum and Art Gallery to think about how archives and museums represent diverse cultures with the opportunity to respond to their collection and create an intervention in the museum on the second day of the workshop. Beyond the workshop there may be scope for participants to contribute to theTo Gypsyland project.

Dates, times, location(s):
Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September
. Times tbc.
The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW/ Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Le Mans, Crescent, Bolton, B1 1SE

This workshop is open to any artist interested in issues of identity, cultural representation and invisible or marginal stories in performative, collaborative and socially engaged art practice and we strongly encourage applications from artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and those based in the North West. There are places for 10 participants.

Please send a CV and an artist statement stating why you would like to attend this workshop and how you see this experience being relevant to the development of your practice to [email protected] (cc’d to [email protected] and [email protected]) by Monday 1 JulyDEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 1.

The workshop is free but participants are requested to contribute £25 for food and travel. If you are coming from anywhere other than the locality and need accommodation we will provide information on this when your attendance has been confirmed.

The artists:
Barby Asante is an artist and curator interested in place, identity and representation, creating works that stimulate dialogue. Asante has an interest in participatory and socially engaged art practices, she was the Live Art Development Agency’s first Thinker in Residence, exploring the ways in which artists from diverse cultural backgrounds use performative, live art and participatory art strategies as a way to explore identity.

Delaine Le Bas is a part of large family of English Romani Gypsies based in the South of England. An artist and activist, she lives and works in various locations across the UK and Europe. Delaine’s artistic practice consists of various sized installations that combine mixed media and include the use of sound and performance. The works deal with issues of exclusion, stereotypes and untold histories.

Contact information:
Contact Barby Asante on [email protected] and Delaine Le Bas on[email protected]

To Gypsyland Website

This DIY Project is supported by Live at LICA

Banner image credit:

Barby Asante and Delaine Le Bas, To Gypsyland, image courtesy of the artist

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