The Aspex Gallery Futurators present ‘The People’s Symposium’, a series of talks delivered by artists, creatives and academics for the people of Portsmouth. The Futurators will also be celebrating the launch of an accompanying publication, the result of a collaborative project with artist Ania Bas. Alongside this, they will be placing ballot boxes around the city, inviting the public to complete the sentence ‘What if Portsmouth…?’. Any responses they receive will be collected and stored within Portsmouth City Archives, representing the views of individuals from around the city.
The Futurators is supported by Aspex and Portsmouth Libraries & Archive services, and artists Abigail Gilchrist and Letty Clarke. It is led by and for young people, and is an opportunity for them to discuss what is important to the city’s culture. By working with Senior Archivist Michael Gunton, the group have been exploring the cultural and social history of Portsmouth, examining the archives, who they are for and who they belong to.
Speakers at ‘The People’s Symposium’ include artist Ania Bas, Senior Archivist Michael Gunton, founders of Star and Crescent Sarah Cheverton & Tom Sykes and independent curator Dianna Djokey.
Futurator Ula Taylor-Reilly: “During our time at Portsmouth City Archives we encountered many enlightened voices, but we also found certain sections of society to be conspicuous by their absence. Through our collaboration with Ania Bas we examined contemporary issues around inclusion and representation. The collaboration was based around a Mail Art correspondence that culminated in an interactive publication, in which we will invite readers to respond to several provocations.”
The Futurators have planned additional activities to take place throughout the day, including an interview booth.
The event will take place on Saturday 9 July, from 11am – 4pm at Aspex Gallery, located in Gunwharf Quays. Lunch will also be provided. Please book via the Eventbrite page HERE.