09 November 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
53 Bonsall Street
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This creative programme of activity brought together Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, a world-class social scientist, with students from Manchester universities and two community artists, Kerry Morrison and Mary Courtney.
An exhibition, a walking tour, and creation of a collaborative artwork, helped to create a unique experience themed around global citizenship and the idea of ‘community’ that highlighted the ways in which social sciences and the creative arts can come together.
Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti: Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Vanessa has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to international development, global citizenship, indigeneity and social accountability. Her work combines poststructuralist and postcolonial concerns in examining educational discourses and designing viable pedagogical pathways to address problematic patterns of international engagements, flows and representations of inequality and difference in education. Many of her publications are available at: https://ubc.academia.edu/VanessadeOliveiraAndreotti.
Kerry Morrison – Environment Artist and In-Situ Director
Kerry Morrison merges art with ecology to produce intriguing interventions in the everyday landscape of our urban lives. Through a conspicuous process of walking, talking, listening, drawing, collecting, and performance, she explores people’s connections with the environment: how we move through it, take from it, and add to it. Her approach is durational and transitory whereby art is a verb: a process of action, dialogue, and performative patterns resulting in new, shared experiences and unfolding narratives. She co-founded InSitu, a not-for-profit artist-led organization based in Pendle, East Lancashire. In Situ nurtures into existence art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment.
Mary Courtney – visual artist and poet
“I like to experiment with drawing and different visual art forms, to play with words and ideas and bring out creativity in others”.
Mary has been artist in residence at Warwick University Chemistry Department during 2016, leading art workshops for staff and students and scripting and producing a chem-art film called “Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere”. She’s organised giant community map-making events, with hundreds of participants, including the “Mappa Magnificellaneous” this year. Art-poetry combinations have been exhibited at Compton Verney, Tate Modern and MediaCityUK. She has received poetry awards from the National Poetry Competition, the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and Cambridge University.