ResearchWorks: Who cares for social impact?
Who cares for social impact? The hidden costs of socially engaged arts practice
Professor Eleonora Belfiore (Loughborough University)
This event is presented in association with the Institute for Social Impact Research in the Performing Arts
Eleonora Belfiore proposes that the debate over the social impact of the arts has been dominated by the anxieties and practical challenges posed by the issue of demonstrating, measuring and reporting on the benefits that are assumed to derive from engagement in participatory arts activities. The pressure is significant because it is often on the basis of these emancipatory and socially progressive impacts that many large, mainstream and building-based arts organisations articulate their ‘case’ for funding.
In this broader context, Professor Belfiore will focus on working conditions within socially engaged arts practice – in particular, intending to uncover the unacknowledged costs shouldered by socially engaged artists working on publicly subsidised projects. In this seminar she will use feminist ethics of care to argue that normative environments of contemporary arts funding point to a clear moral failure of cultural policy, and that new more caring ways of delivering impact need to be developed.
Admission free but booking required