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The University of Southampton
Critical Practices Research Group

How to Biennale! An Exchange of ideas, aspirations & know-how Event

Graffiti artwork
12:00 - 17:00
9 May 2018
Tate Exchange, Tate Modern

Event details

How to Biennale! invites all those interested and/or engaged in making art events and exhibitions happen!

The event is devised as both a forum for the exchange of expertise and the site of production for a book, How to Biennale! The Manual. The book seeks to offer a practical and accessible guide to making art ‘eventful’ outside of formal institutional structures and expectations. Limited ‘draft’ editions of the book will be given to all participants, who will also be encouraged to develop and contribute their own additions to the final version of the book (to be published later this year). The afternoon will provide a series of informal discussion groups, facilitated by those with key experience, across a range of issues from thinking through vision and distinctiveness to building a team and connecting with artists and audiences.



12 - 12.30pm  - Welcome / Introduction

12.30 - 1.15pm - Having a Vision!

Group 1: Do we need another event?

Group 2: Sites and Site Specificity

Group 3: Being International, Staying Local


1.15 - 1.30pm - Reflections

1.30 - 2pm - Coffee / Networking


2 - 2.45 - Making it Work

Group 1: Building a Team

Group 2: The Art of (an) Organisation 

Group 3: Marketing


2.45 - 3pm - Reflections

3 - 3.15pm - Break


3.15 - 4pm - Making it Happen

Group 1: Artists and Audiences

Group 2: Alternative Funding

Group 3: Making it happen next time...


4 - 4.15pm - Reflections

4.15 - 4.30 - Break


4.30 - 5.30 - Drinks Reception: WELCOME TO THE BIENNALE & Launch of The Manual


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