Artist Citizens Jury

Artist Citizens Jury

UPDATE: See the schedule of witnesses and connect to the Goldsmiths You Tube Live Stream Channel below.

Goldsmiths CCA is excited to announce that we will be hosting the Artist Citizens Jury, a two-day event and project devised by artists Elizabeth Price (Kingston School of Art) and Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths, University of London). Based on the model of a Citizens Jury, a form of participatory action research widely used in public and civic settings, the Artist Citizens Jury will work as a group to consider the following questions:

Given the presence of artists in universities, and the recognition of practice-led research, how can parity be ensured with other disciplines? How can the allocation of research funding support art in universities?

Facilitated by Lucy Kimbell, the jury will listen to short presentations from witnesses who can provide key information in relation to research culture. The jury will form judgements by the end of the two days.

The presentations will begin at 10.30am on 12 Nov and 10am on 13 Nov, with both days finishing at 6pm. Sessions will last 75 minutes and will consist of a presentation by the witness, a deliberation by the jury, and then a Q&A session. (Note – the jury will withdraw for their deliberation sessions).

The Artist Citizen Jury will take place onsite at Goldsmiths CCA, where visitors are welcome to come and watch the event live. This event is free and open to all, with no booking required. Seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any special access requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nisha.desai@gold.ac.uk.

The Artist Citizens Jury will also be audio livestreamed. Book via the link below to receive the full timetable and live stream links. Links will also be posted to the CCA website on Friday 11 Nov.

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10.30 – Oreet Ashery, visual artist and Professor at Ruskin School of Art, working across established art institutions and grassroots social contexts. Using film, photography, performance, 2D and textiles, they narrate stories of precarious identities and combine autoethnography, collective knowledge and biopolitical fiction. Ashery is commissioned by KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin to make their 2022 film Selfish Road. They were awarded the 2017 Jarman Film Award for Revisiting Genesis (2016), a web series that questions how the boundaries between dying, care and self are affected by digital technologies. In 2020 they were a recipient of the Turner Prize Bursary for the exhibition Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery (2019), Wellcome Collection, London. Ashery is Professor of Contemporary Art at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

12.00 – Farzana Shain, George Wood Professor of Education, Goldsmiths. She joined Goldsmiths 2020, having previously been Professor of Sociology of Education at Keele University. She has researched and written extensively on social justice and education, education policy and continuing/new productions of ‘race’ and on educational inequalities. Her forthcoming (2024) monograph with Bristol Policy Press, Generation 9/11: British Muslim girls and Education in England, draws on the research she conducted as a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2017-2019).

14.00 – Daria Martin, artist and Professor of Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. As Director of Research, she led the Ruskin’s 2021 REF return. Daria was born in 1973 in San Francisco, USA. She lives and works in London. In 2018, Martin was awarded the Film London Jarman Award. Martin’s touring solo exhibition Tonight the World was first shown at The Curve, Barbican, London, UK, followed by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California, USA (2019-20). Further solo exhibitions include A Hunger Artist, Site Gallery, Sheffield (2018); Subjects and Objects, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Ireland (2017); A Hunger Artist, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, Germany (2017); Maureen Paley, London, UK (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Wired for Empathy, STUK, Leuven, Belgium (2021); The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, (2020); Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic, Wellcome Collection, London, UK.

15.30 – James Bulley, artist and co-author of PRAG report on practice research. His work explores sound, the archive and the more-than-human world. In 2021, Bulley published two reports (with Dr Özden Şahin) What is practice research? and How can practice research be shared? following a three-year post-doctorate with PRAG-UK and Research England. Works and performances include: Dawns, a composition for five players, created in collaboration with the artist group non zero one and the National Trust (premiered 16 May 2020); the world premiere performance of Daphne Oram’s Still Point with Shiva Feshareki and the London Contemporary Orchestra (BBC Prom 13, July 2018); Tactus, a touch–sound landscape (Kaunas Biennial 2015), Living Symphonies (2019), an ecologically composed forest–based sound installation by Jones/Bulley, and Variable 4 (2014), an outdoor spatial composition driven by real-time atmospheric conditions. He completed his PhD in Music in 2018 and is currently a visiting research fellow at the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, where he has established the Lily Greenham Archive, the Hugh Davies Collection, and the Longplayer Archive.

17.00 – Bill Balaskas, artist, theorist, educator and Director of Research, Business and Innovation at the School of Arts of Kingston University, London. Using various media, Balaskas explores contemporary political issues and their connections with the visual culture of globalization. His most recent books are ‘Fabricating Publics: The Dissemination of Culture in the Post-truth Era’ (Open Humanities Press, 2021), and ‘Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research’ (Sternberg Press, 2020). With initial studies in economics, he holds a PhD in Critical Writing and an MA in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art.


10.00 – Professor Juan Cruz, artist and Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Prior to this he was Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art in London. He was a Sub-Panel member in REF2014 and Deputy Chair of REF2021 Sub-Panel 32 (Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory). Juan is an artist, working between video, painting, and writing, and is represented by Matt’s Gallery in London and Galeria Elba Benitez in Madrid.

11.30 – Corin Sworn, Professor of Art, Northumbria University (ZOOM). Corin Sworn‘s work uses storytelling, material encounters and interactive technologies to explore logistics and connection. She is interested in the history of the gallery as a site for opening technologies while being a communicative apparatus itself. Recent installations have employed architectural augmentation, live feed cameras and surround sound to produce temporary spaces of encounter for collaborative acts. Previous work has depicted: chemical interactions as colour fields; histories of the camera as a means to disconnect knowledge from the body for distribution in industrial logistics, and employed to do lists and artificial sweeteners to explore how assessment techniques built for the assembly line have moved into the subject through notions of self-management and self-improvement. Recent exhibitions include the OCAT Shenzhen China 2021; Edinburgh Art Festival (2019); Toronto Film Festival (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, UK (2015); Langen Foundation, Germany (2015); Sydney Biennial, Australia (2014). 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Tate’s Art Now (2011) Sworn was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2014 and a Leverhulme Prize in 2016 she is Professor of Contemporary Art at Northumbria University.

13.45 – Christopher Smith, Professor, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (ZOOM). Previously Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews where he was also Dean of Arts (2002 to 2006), Provost of St Leonard’s College and Dean of Graduate Studies (2006 to 2009), and Proctor and Vice-Principal (2007 to 2009), before being seconded as Director of the British School at Rome, the UK’s leading humanities and creative arts research institute overseas, from 2009 to 2017. From 2017 to 2020 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship on The Roman Kings: A Study in Power and held visiting positions in Erfurt, Princeton, Otago, Pavia, Milan, Siena, Aarhus and Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne. Professor Smith’s research explores constitutionalism and state formation with particular emphasis on the development of Rome as a political and social community, and how this was represented in ancient historical writing and subsequent political thought. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and in 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Premio “Cultori di Roma”. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland, the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Academia Europaea.


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