News: PUSH+

Artists Geraldine Heaney and Hannah Venet reflect on opportunities to change our education system following the current crisis. Theatres, museums and galleries are all closed. Community centres have been repurposed to meet immediate survival needs. Hospitality is doing its best to survive on take-aways. Play parks are covered in red tape. Is it time to reimagine art and its role in education? Can we move beyond the traditional spaces ‘where art happens’ and into the community?

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PUSH+ Belgian artist Rebecca Lenaerts talks about the durational performance she developed following her participation in the Home Lab.

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Eoin McKenzie writes about how he feels being an artist in this current lockdown situation in Scotland. "I spoke with my old university class on Zoom, we all shared a sense that our work had evaporated in front of us. Of being brought to a halt. Here we are, a group of twenty-something-year-old artists rendered inert."

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Failure Lab artist Stine Strange Thue has written a performance text from thoughts that are bubbling still after the Lab. "DEAR LIGHT OF CALAMITIES HELP ME TO FAIL PLEASE JUST LET ME FAIL AND FALL SO AT LEAST I DO NOT FAIL AT BEING ABLE TO FAIL"

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Amalia Herrera took part in the Migration Lab in February 2018. Here she reflects on that experience and what a body means in this time of limited contact.

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Sarah Louise Kristiansen took part in the (over)protection Lab in 2017 as part of PUSH. Read here for her thoughts about this new online world from the perspective of a choreographer.

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Mairéad Folan is one of fifteen artists who have been selected to take part in the Different Bodies Lab in Norway in September 2020. Here she writes about her experience of being a disabled artists during this crisis and some of the more inclusive practice that has opened up possibilities for her.

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Shane O’Reilly (Gender Lab, January 2017 as part of PUSH) talks about the impact Covid-19 on physical interaction and intimacy.

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Vince Virr is a dance artist based in Scotland who has performed at the Children's Festival many times. Here he reflects on his experience being in lockdown in two countries, China and now Scotland, and what he has learned from that.

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Read about the PUSH and PUSH+ artists programmed as part of the this year's krokusfestival as the connections between partners and artists continues to grow.

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The PUSH+ Home Lab finished at Showbox Festival in December 2019 in a programme that explored Home through performances and discussions that included a number of artists from PUSH. Here the Scenekunstbruket team reflect on that.

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Mamoru Iriguchi has been supported by Imaginate and PUSH to explore a new performance project for teenagers about genders and sexuality. Here he talks about what he has learned so far and what his hopes for the future are.

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Read about proposed cuts to the EU Culture budget including Creative Europe funding that makes projects like PUSH+ possible.  Read their statement and find out what you can do to help.

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Emma Park (PUSH artist) writes about gender politics as part of her reflections on the Gender Lab.

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Lucy Gaizely (PUSH artist) writes about risk and childhood as part of her reflections on the (over)protection Lab.

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Niroshini Thambar (PUSH artist) writes about representation in theatre for young audiences as part of her reflections on the Migration Lab.

This blog has appeared on the ASSITEJ website here.

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Reflections on the Home Lab from lead artist Luke Pell.

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Fiona (Imaginate and PUSH+ partner) reflects on the series of experiences, projects and friendships that led to PUSH+.

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