The Socially Engaged Artist Practice course (SEAP) was a pilot development opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to explore the issues and practicalities of socially-engaged and participatory practice.
Through discussions, placements, and projects, participants developed knowledge and skills in this key area of the arts. The programme was developed in a partnership between Artlink, Creative ENRG, and the Feral Art School.
Gail Hurst took part in the programme, which ran between 9 July and 6 November, 2018. It consisted of five units: class-based introductory sessions, placement, planning of project activity, student project delivery, and evaluation and planning for the future.
Gail says of her experience, “Completing the SEAP course has benefitted me and my practice enormously. It has provided me with the tools and information to set me on my own journey of becoming a freelance artist. The support and mentoring throughout has been great, always feeling comfortable to ask for help and guidance where needed. I particularly enjoyed meeting other creatives and sharing work practice experiences during the weekly classes and feedback sessions. I have made some fabulous friends and hopefully future work colleagues!”
Gail is now one of three artists working on Creative Connections, a year-long programme which sees the artists collaborating on a regular basis with participants from three of Hull’s leading disability organisations to develop creative social groups.
In our next blog post, we will catch up with Gail to find out more about her work with Creative Connections.