CALL FOR CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS
Radio Public will run from April to July 2022, based in CoLab, Dudley High Street, facilitated by social artists Helen Garbett and Bill Laybourne of Workshop24
We are inviting practitioners across all disciplines and demographics to
bring their creative selves and join us in co-creating Radio Public
Participate in free weekly workshops
Create small-scale social art projects with local people
Make the Radio public Festival in July 2022
A chance to develop your creative practice and showcase your work
Be part of an emerging community of practice with potential for longer term collective action
Email email@example.com or phone 07527 034662 before March 18th
generously funded by CoLab Dudley, more info below
A collective investigation into Dudley High Street
Radio Public is an artist run project
We’re interested in changing Dudley High St.
Our starting point is art as social action.
By social action we mean participation and collaboration, a focus on social issues, being rooted in place, and learning by doing.
By doing it in the High St. we change it.
Radio is our medium of transmission and reception; bigger and wider than you might think.
Radio Public changes the way we encounter the High St,
our experience of it and how we communicate its possibilities and potential.
We gravitate towards the margins, the edge of things, encompassing people and place, the seldom heard and more-than-human.
Radio Public will make the inaudible audible, creating a festival of sound, installations, walks, talks, performances, workshops and transmissions.
The High St. and radio are not free public spaces
They are manifestations of unequal social and power relations,
but we’re going to use them anyway, we don’t need permission…or do we? Let’s find out.
Traditional thinking says that High St.’s are for commercial exchange and little else. We want to see if it's possible to challenge that orthodoxy by introducing creative and artistic exchange.
Radio as a medium becomes an invited public space within which we meet, connect, explore, experiment, try things out and challenge conventional boundaries. Resolution and perspective is important: we are as interested in spiders’ webs in drainpipes as we are in global capitalism; the micro as well as the macro.
We have found common ground with CoLab Dudley,
an experimental form of social infrastructure, aimed at creating places and experiences on the High St that are open to everyone.
In October 2021 we were invited to become Creative Partners with CoLab. We acknowledge the many years of social research and experimentation that has gone before us, which we now build upon. We recognise the context of Dudley High St., its multiple stories and realities, its people, history, identity and culture. Let’s make some new stories.