Terms of Engagement: Ethics and Participatory Art

Video of event: Terms of Engagement: Ethics and Participatory Art 

04 May 2016, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Kate Just Safe Walk Melbourne, 2014. Image credit: Kate Just. Digital Print

‘Community-based art’, ‘community practice’, ‘political art’, ‘participatory art’, ‘relational art and aesthetics’ and ‘socially engaged art’ are just some of the terms used to describe the art practice of artists who engage directly in some way or other with ‘the community’.

This forum brings together a number of artists whose work sits in this space to address questions related to power and accountability within community arts practice. In particular it will discuss the ethical responsibility of artists to the wider communities they practice within, and to the artists’ individual ‘subjects’ who are left to deal with the aftermath of the ‘attention’ of researchers and artists.

The forum will be chaired by Dr James Oliver (VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne) with a brilliant cast of speakers including: Dr Kate Just (VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne), Tal Fitzpatrick (University of Melbourne), Juliana Keller (University of Melbourne), Professor David Cross (Deakin University), and Dr Lucas Ihlein (University of Wollongong).

This project has been funded by an Ethics and Integrity Development Scheme grant through the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, The University of Melbourne.