Where does arts and activism sit currently? Internationally and locally. What makes them different from advertising ploy? Does the work change things? We will be meeting to have a chat with a panel of artists who fights for change.

The panel will talk about some of their most recent work, this will then be followed by a chair discussion that will be open to the audience to engage. After the discussion there will be networking tea and cakes for artists and creatives.

Who is speaking?

Alice from Figs in Wigs

Figs in Wigs are an all female, five strong performance company who make work that is a unique mix of theatre, dance and comedy. “We make theatre shows, club performance and music. Our work uses humour, irreverence, DIY aesthetics and drag as critical tools in making socially aware performance. Whilst engaging with socially conscious queries in the studio (and on the stage), we also see our collaboration as a political exercise in itself. At the core of this practice is the desire for collectivity. We are interested in exploring how we can make theatre work in a democratic manner and how this in turn can help us reflect upon the world in which we live.

Katy Bauer 

Katy Bauer works in many mediums including clay, paint, collage, film, words, and music.

“I find myself compelled to engage with issues of political, social, and economic injustice, although I would rather people just stop being such mean, greedy twats, so I am spared the trauma.” say Katy

Most of her activist work has taken place in Stokes Croft, Bristol. She is not schooled and can’t find a job. She likes animals and has one daughter. She lives in a big house.

Sarah Shorten from Stacked Wonky Dance

Over the past 10 years Sarah has been quietly making work/commissions for unusual places – Trafalgar Square, Clovelly Court Estate, V&A Museum of Childhood etc, resurfacing in 2015 with “Liberator”, a box-set of four site episodes performed in the Vale of Porlock to critical acclaim.

Anarchic and exuberant, the movement she creates is beautiful” say Time Out.

Sarah has been supported by various organisations, such as Arts Council England, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and Dance South West, but has also sought independence to test ideas free of constraint.

How to book

  • Spaces are limited
  • If you book and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the event. This allows us to release the booking to others that are on a waiting list

What is Culture³

Culture+ Creative Conversations is a platform to discuss, debate and challenge the status quo. To gain inspiration, spark collaborations and revolutionise the way we work in the arts and culture. At each event, held at various venues across the county, we invite a panel of interesting and experienced people to start the debate, and extend the discussion to us all.

This particular Culture³ is a collaboration between The Arts Development Company & Bournemouth Emerging Artists Festival (B.E.AF)

This Culture+ event is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.


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