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Taking Their Word for It with Jenny Gaskell

Discussing the ethics, care and boundary setting around working with participants’ stories to make your art.

Collectively we will talk about what we might put in place to hold space and earn trust when working with participants, and how we can give agency and respect to the people who are sharing their words.

About Jenny Gaskell

Meet Jenny Gaskell – her work is a combination of performance and participation. She’s interested in connection, art that happens in everyday places and creating scenarios for people to take agency.

Jenny has made work in parks, parties, b&b bedrooms, trams and snooker halls. She once spent 18 months working with a non religious congregation, working with community to hold space for life’s big griefs and celebrations.

Her work has been supported by Art B&B, Barbican Centre, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Leftcoast, Lancaster Arts, LADA, People’s History Museum, Manchester International Festival, a-n and Arts Council England. Jenny is currently touring participatory audio installation ‘With My Ear to the Wall’ which she is making with people who have experience of isolation.




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  • Price
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    2 hours
Date Time & Place
Tuesday 22 February 6:00pm
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