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Creative Retreat Creative Retreat is a space for six artists working in participatory settings to have an intense and inspiring experience to share practice across art forms and at differing stages in their career. The three day Retreat will be based at Crear in Argyll & Bute between 18 & 21 October 2013 and participants will have the opportunity to spend time to reflect upon and develop their practice alongside provocations from practitioners and commissioners. The Retreat is aimed at artists who are, or have, the following:     

At a stage in their career where they are developing their practice in relation to the social conditions in which their work is made; An interest in specific areas of participatory practice within any art form or cross art form; An interest in the ethical questions around participatory practice; A willingness to contribute to debates around artists working in participatory settings; A willingness to test the model of an artists’ retreat as an effective professional development arena for artists at different stages of their career.

The Retreat will focus upon: * exploring diverse artistic practices within different social contexts; * the ethics and politics within socially engaged practice and within a range of participatory settings; * the role and position of participants/ collaborators * the value of multi-disciplinary / collaborative work in participative settings; * how does working in a participative setting contribute to the development of individual artistic practice? By working with participants across art forms and at differing career stages, the Retreat also provides the opportunity for the creation of robust peer to peer networks and mentoring. The cost of attending the Retreat is free to participants and transport will be provided from Glasgow to and from Crear. The facilitators and contributors for the Retreat are: Chrissie Tiller works as a practitioner, researcher, facilitator and trainer in the arts and culture, business and charity sectors alongside her role as Director of the MA in Participatory and Community Arts at Goldsmiths. Since 1990 she has worked extensively across Central, Southern & Eastern Europe, the EU, Turkey, Palestine, Uganda and Japan facilitating and leading programmes focused on the role of the arts in social, political and economic change. Peter Wiegold began his professional life as Composer-in-Residence at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, and together with Gemini, became one of the pioneers of creative workshop leading in Britain involving children, actors, dancers, professional musicians, and non-musicians in practical, creative music -making. At Guildhall School of Music and Drama the open curriculum included theatre, Tai Chi, Latin percussion, non-Western music, improvisation, composition, creative leadership, thoroughly investigating and exploring the skills, creative processes, and aesthetic approaches needed for young musicians emerging into the plural culture of today.

Patrick Fox is Director of Create, Ireland’s national development agency for collaborative art. Create Ireland exists to support artists (across artform) and communities of place/interest to connect through contemporary art practice. Patrick is interested in enhancing criticality around this vibrant area of practice and has a particular interest in public art, arts and health, arts and older people and arts and disability. Patrick has a track record of commissioning leading artists to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and supports artists at every stage of their career. Prior to taking up his current position Patrick was Head of Collaborations at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), where amongst other things he was the programme manager of tenantspin, a hugely successful long term collaborative new media arts project. Patrick holds a Bsc in Multimedia and a Masters in Cultural Leadership and is a board member of Axisweb, the UK’s contemporary art radar. The Retreat will:  create opportunities for participants and contributors to share ideas, concepts, diverse modes of practice and learning;  inspire and foster better collaboration and partnership working;  create and strengthen better understanding between artist, funder, commissioner;  develop frameworks for best practice ;  create new opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to ensure that artists who work in participatory settings receive the best possible education, training and professional development. The Creative Retreat is based at Crear, an inspirational working space with accommodation at Kilberry, near Tarbert on the west coast of Scotland. Crear connects artists and organisations through innovative residencies and collaborations ( Timetable: Friday 18 October 2.00pm Arrive and Check In 3.00pm Introduction & Welcome 4.00pm Provocation 1 6.00pm 7.30pm Dinner Saturday 19 October 9.30am Provocation 2 11.30am 1.00pm Lunch 2.30pm – Creative /Personal development 4.00pm 4.30pm Feedback/Reflection 7.30pm Dinner Sunday 20 October 9.30am Provocation 3 11.30am 1.00pm Lunch 2.30pm – Creative /Personal development 4.00pm 4.30pm Feedback/Reflection 7.30pm Dinner Monday 21 October 9.30am Provocation 4 11.30am 1.00pm Lunch

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Creative Retreat is curated by Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool, Chrissie Tiller, founder and director of the MA in Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London and Caroline Thompson, Professional Development Manager at Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Creative Retreat is supported by ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative with funding and support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creativity Culture & Education (supported by Arts Council England) and the Cultural Leadership Programme. The deadline for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 25 September 2013. To download an application form, click here.

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Creative Retreat is a space for six artists working in participatory settings to have an intense and inspiring experience to share practice...