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Let's Go Outside: Maintaining Live Performance, for everyone, in a Pandemic

Let's Go Outside: Maintaining Live Performance, for everyone, in a Pandemic

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South East Industry Panel Discussion and Q&A

These panel discussions will discuss the challenges faced by performing arts organisations and artists when we 'Go Outside’, how we ensure health, safety & well being without compromising on artistic integrity, and how are organisations ensuring that they cater to diverse audiences.

This is a panel discussion with industry specialists from across the south east discussing outdoor performance across the region.

There are 20 free places available to guests who would like to join the Zoom session. Guests will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the discussion.

This panel discussion is part of the South East Creatives [SECCADS] programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Panel chair:
Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space

Katy Baird, Home Live Art
Selina Bonelli, artist
Emma Wilcox, Creative Estuary

Katy Baird, Home Live Art

Katy Baird is an artist, curator and producer of Live Art based in the South East of England.

Since April 2018 Katy has been the Artistic Director of Home Live Art, producing community projects and performance events across Hastings, the South East and beyond including the first Knotty Festival of Performance and their regular queer performance event Salty.

As an artist, she has performed at Live Art festivals and venues as well as squat parties, clubs and raves. Her solo performance ‘Workshy’ toured internationally to over 30 cities. Since 2016 she has been an artist in residence at queer club night Knickerbocker.

As a Curator, she co-produces Steakhouse Live, a DIY platform in London for radical performance practices. It’s rough. It’s raw. Unprofessionalism is embraced. Work cuts across performance art, theatre, visual art, cabaret, dance, drag and participatory performance.


Katy Baird Artist
Home Live Art
Steak House Live

Selina Bonelli, Artist

Through their performances, Selina Bonelli explores how we might make sense of the things that are unspeakable and incommunicable. They tease out the inherent power and energies within gestures, objects, materials and architecture to explore their functions, their dysfunctions, and the traces and memories they carry.

Selina has led performative workshops for FIAS (performance art in public spaces) and for MA Performance and Theatre Studies, Middlesex University. they also co-deliver SITE (a bi-monthly event that invites artists to come together to generate site-responsive work in collaboration with others at locations of socio-historic, architectural, and ecological interest in rural areas across the UK) and are an associate artist with Performance Space.

@selinabonelli (Instagram)
website: Selina Bonelli
Selina Bonelli photo credit Manuel Vason

Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space

Benjamin Sebastian (AUS/UK 1980) is a visual artist & curator specialising in time-based media & performance art. They are director of ]performance s p a c e [ (Folkestone); the only performance art specific gallery, studio & residency space in the UK - as well as co-director of VSSL Studio in Deptford, London. Their research interests span artificial intelligence, spiritualism, magick, gender, sexuality and decolonial practice(s). Benjamin is a member of the national consortium; Live Art UK.

Their pronouns are they/them.

Emma Wilcox, Creative Estuary

Emma Wilcox is Project Director of Creative Estuary, a three year programme to unlock the economic potential, growth and productivity of the Thames Estuary. Using culture as a catalyst, Creative Estuary will boost inward investment, build local skills, stimulate new infrastructure and forge a new cultural identity for North Kent and South Essex.

She has over twenty years’ experience working in the creative industries across the region and with a strong focus on Kent. From 2008 -2019 she worked in cultural policy and arts management, developing strategy and policies for the creative economy, alongside working as a creative producer which equips her with an informed understanding of the specific needs of this sector.

@emwilco @CreativeEstuary and #CreativeEstuary

*Please note, these Zoom sessions will be recorded and screened on Facebook / YouTube after the event.

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