Let’s Get Classy explores the barriers faced by artists who have, or are in the midst of, breaking through and who have been excluded from accessing the arts, and consequently struggle to fit in due to feelings of class inadequacy. There are chats with the artists Scottee, Catherine Hoffman, Selina Thompson, Heather Marshall and Stuart Crowther and producer Simon Casson, putting the world to rights about engaging working class audiences and artists; what should be done, how can it be done, whose responsibility is it.
During the residency, Kelly also produced Ways of Getting Classy, a toolkit offering provocations and methodologies to consider when working with classy community groups; those who are from lower social economic backgrounds.
Kelly Green is a London based working class single mother, academic, and performance artist. She is a noisy, feisty, hot mess. Her performance work is fun, interactive and is mostly about class and gender. Kelly’s art practice is a mash-up of Live Art, stand up, dance, and bad singing.
This Guide was produced as part of LADA’s Restock, Rethink, Reflect 4: Live Art and Cultural Privilege, is looking at the ways in which Live Art has developed new forms of access, knowledge, agency, and inclusion in relation to the disempowered constituencies of the young, the old, the displaced, and those excluded through social and economic barriers.
The residency was also part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a transnational programme funded by the European Union focusing on collaborative practices with the aim of engaging new participants and enhancing mobility and exchange for artists. The residency was realised in a collaboration between LADA, Arts and Culture at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and Sidney Cooper Art Gallery, Canterbury.
Banner image credit:
Illustration by David Caines.
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