Shades of Agency seminar

Collaborative, socially engaged arts redistribute the agency of art-making among artists, participants and institutional contexts. In this event we will address the complex negotiations involved in the production and presentation of collaborative projects.

What types of roles are framed for the participants of collaborative projects? What is the nature and degree of influence they can exert on the process? How do museums, galleries and other institutions affect the projects they commission?

What kinds of social practices and contracts should guide the collective authorship, and how to respond to potential conflicts of interest? How should the artist navigate the contexts and affects involved in the creation of a collaborative piece?

The event format is a 'cafe discussion' with short provocations from invited speakers and screenings. Join the event and share your experience with our 40 international guests from the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme!

The event is free of charge but requires registration. Please register by Tuesday 13 June at:


Ailbhe Murphy (Create national development agency for collaborative arts)
Michael Birchall (Tate Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University)
Heidi Tikka (m-cult / Aalto University)
Eila Hämäläinen (arts/crafts pedagogue, Maunula)
Tellervo Kalleinen (artist, YKON)

Screening of work
Valentina Karga: Our Coming Community, 2017 (10 min)
Riikka Kuoppala & Thomas Martin: Maunula, 2017 (27 min)

Minna Tarkka, director, curator (m-cult)
Susanne Bosch artist, researcher (CAPP network)

Shades of Agency is a Staging Post event of the Collaborative Arts Partnership (CAPP) - a transnational partnership on collaborative arts funded by Creative Europe.