Simple Act #2
with Ria Hartley
21 September 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Working in response to Ibiye Camp’s exhibition Set Menu, Ria invited guests to a macrobiotic meal to contemplate how small acts of generosity invigorate processes of self-enquiry and self-expression. The informal but intimate evening punctuated a series of actions to encourage an exchange that draws attention to care and kindness one may give to oneself, and towards others, when making artworks.
Simple Acts was a discursive platform curating everyday activities of simple actions to encourage sharing, networking and debate amongst the creatively curious. Developed by arts collective Tracing The Pathway for their Milton Keynes based performance and research project Groundwork, in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Milton Keynes Arts Centre invited Groundwork to curate a series of Simple Acts, each responding to new work by Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale and Izzy Parker in collaboration with our communities in Common Ground; Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme, offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes.
Simple Acts provided time and space for the development of a community of artists and creatively-minded residents in and for Milton Keynes. The Simple Act participants were invited to take part in offering vital meeting points for discussion, professional development and ideas sharing between a selection of invited national-based performance artists and creatively-curious individuals, as everyone shared food, personal stories, fragments of their practice and elements of their life in MK.
Each Simple Act was designed and hosted by a guest artist, who introduced their practice as a way to foster conversation between a mixture of local MK-artists and artistically-minded individuals, and a small selection of invited national artists. The open invitation for artists from all over the UK enabled Simple Acts to not only nurture exchange within the community but so that ideas, practices and networks could be disseminated beyond the city’s boundaries.
Common Ground expanded upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes by offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Izzy Parker and Groundwork (Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies), our projects saw artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.