Constellations 2023 supports a group of ten early to mid-career practitioners from across the UK, the Constellations ° Cohort, to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and contribute to critical debate surrounding the future of public practice. The programme will explore urgent lines of enquiry and best practice in relation to this field, including questions around the potential of art to help communities reimagine new futures, principles underpinning alternative economies, and notions of care.
Selected through an open call, the Constellations ° Cohort 2023 are Seyi Adelekun, Ian Giles, Holly Graham, Faye Hamblett-Jones, Benjamin Malcolmson, James McColl, Laura Onions, Cherelle Sappleton, Giulia Shah and Becky Warnock.
The Constellations ° Cohort, selected from across the UK, will take part in three strands of activity, taking place between July 2023 and February 2024:
- Constellations ° Cohort sessions – Fifteen in-depth seminars, workshops and mentoring sessions attended by the cohort. Apart from two in-person gatherings taking place in Liverpool and Southampton, all sessions will take place online.
- Constellations ° Assemblies - Three free online events open to all artists, curators and practitioners, involving a range of UK and international speakers.
- Constellations ° Conference - A series of panel discussions and workshops taking place in Southampton and open to all artists, curators and practitioners. The conference is curated by UP Projects and presented in partnership with John Hansard Gallery. It is part of Co-Creating Public Space, led by John Hansard Gallery and supported by Arts Council England.
This year we are also pleased to collaborate with Deveron Projects who will offer one member of the 2023 cohort the opportunity to undertake a paid residency in Huntly, Aberdeenshire in Autumn 2024.
Constellations 2023 is curated in partnership with UP Projects and in association with Liverpool Biennial. It includes a conference in partnership with John Hansard Gallery as part of Co-Creating Public Space. Constellations 2023 is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Barrington Hibbert Associates Access Fund, and the Constellations Patrons.