PANEL DISCUSSION: Creative Catalyst: Art for a Sustainable Future
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About The Event
Co curated by Fabrica and University of Brighton Responsible Futures
Despite Serge Attukwei Clottey’s growing international reputation he has continued to base himself and his studio in Labadi, near the Ghanaian capital of Accra. Here, without any state or outside investment the artist is developing a sustainable, creative industries-driven model for economic and social development, one that both employs local people and is in dialogue with them. His studio provides work for a group of collaborators known as GoLokal. Initially a small group, it now involves approximately 100 people. Serge Attukwei Clottey’s twin role as a artist and community activist will be explored as part of a panel discussion, with contributions by:
Artist, Serge Attukwei Clottey
Victoria Cooke, Director of Gallery 1957, Accra
Donna Close, creative producer and cultural strategist and a Senior Research Fellow at University of Brighton
Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development at University of Brighton and Academic Lead for the University’s Responsible Futures’ Research and Enterprise Agenda.
Chaired by Claire Doran, Area Manager, Royal Society of Arts (RSA) South East and curated by Fabrica and the University of Brighton, the discussion will also draw out parallels with the Greater Brighton context, looking at how artists sustain themselves as part of their communities, and asking ‘what can be learnt from Clottey’s model?’ and ‘can his model be applied here?’
We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited.
Bookings can also be made in during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at Fabrica during office hours. or via this link: https://creativecatalyst.eventbrite.com
University of Brighton students and staff will receive the concessionary rate
Once paid for, tickets are non-refundable.
Victoria Cooke, Director of Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
Founded in 2016 and working internationally, Gallery 1957’s curatorial focus is on contemporary art in West Africa. Presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the region’s most significant artists it works to bridge the gap between local and international practices. Gallery 1957 offers local audiences and international visitors the opportunity to discover artists, and to gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of their practice. Beyond the gallery the organisation provides a public programme that includes talks, off-site projects, residencies, performances, commissioning new site-specific installations, and supporting cultural initiatives in Ghana and beyond.
Donna Close, Senior research fellow at University of Brighton
Donna Close is a creative producer and cultural strategist with 25 years’ experience as an arts and culture leader working across the private and public, commercial and cultural sectors. Drawing on her extentive experience in local government, higher education, large and small cultural organisations, community and voluntary groups in the UK and mainland Europe, Donna specialises in projects, partnerships and research that investigate the role that creativity and cultural production processes have on cultural, social and economic impact and in amplifying value.
Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development
Marina Novelli is known globally for leading and collaborating with multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural teams. Her involvement with and advocacy for Serge Attukwei Clottey’s model of working since 2018 can be seen as an example of her commitment to generating new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in sustainable development by stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing peoples and changing lives.