“The toolkit that forms part of Framing Social Art in Collections will doubtless become a key resource for museums in to the future, and prove to be an incredibly useful tool in the consideration of how museums can collect and represent socially engaged artworks. As a leading figure in UK-based social practice, Lady Kitt is both incredibly experienced, and extremely well placed, to carry out this project.”
Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator (Contemporary Art), Durham University, 2021
Framing Social Art in Collections
Lady Kitt 2021-22
ACE funded project researching
how socially engaged art is acquired by, cared for and contextualised in collections.
Framing Social Art in Collections is part of Lady Kitt's wider enSHRINE project, exploring socially engaged art practices as catalysts for embodied organisational policy change
The project includes:
Development of a digital tool kit aimed at curators, archivists and acquisition teams, considering how socially engaged / collaboratively made/ participatory work might be acquired by, cared for and contextualised in collections
A socially engaged exhibition touring 4 venues in Warwickshire during 2022
Presentation of the draft tool kit at an online symposium, March 14th 2022, 2-5pm
Initiation of a Framing Social Art in Collections working group
For information about attending 1st working group meeting, please contact project producer Sarah Li firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last decade socially engaged art practices have gained increasing visibility and prominence as part of a distinctive cultural movement which approaches art making as a collective endeavour, intrinsically linked to social justice and change. For example, all of the nominees for the 2021 Turner Prize were art collectives. "All the nominees work closely and continuously with communities across the breadth of the UK to inspire social change through art." TATE online, 2021
These collaborative, process-led ways of operating offer an exciting and complex set of possibilities and challenges to galleries, museums, collections and curators.
This project uses socially engaged making as a research tool to bring together museum, archive, gallery and collections professionals with socially engaged artists and communities of makers.
The resulting toolkit will be co-authored through:
the curation of a touring exhibition
the acquisition (by Durham University Art Collection and WCRO) of a series of art works made as part of socially engaged processes
It will be shared via a number of networks and platforms including Social Art Network and Arts & Heritage