Be Smart About Art

How can ART make a difference? - Socially Engaged Practice + Sustainability with Steve Moffitt, Chloe Osborne + Susan J Mumford

Talk with Q + A for art world professionals

Date: June 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - June 20, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: £5 - £15

Do you have a desire to change the world with art as the medium, yet aren’t sure where or how to begin? In this imaginative and passionate edition of our monthly talks series at Cass Art called #BeSmartCassArt, we talk to experts Steve Moffitt and Chloe Osborne to explore the impact and role of art and social change today.

This talk is for YOU if you want to find out more about working with participatory or community art or art in education. It will also apply if you want to deepen your understanding and/or extend your existing practice, in relation to ART making a difference.

The talk will:

-       Provide real-life examples of how creative practices can create new connections between people and generate social change

-       Debunk language, explaining what we mean by participatory art, community art, art in education and collaborative practice

-       Offer advice and routes in to practice + steps to take to gain experience or work

-       Examine the opportunities and challenges of participatory practice and look at how it is recognised in the art world

-       Talk money, professional practice + business models for independent practitioners


A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**


6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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Chloe is an artist, agitator and creative producer who makes work designed to engage the public in issues that are important for social change. 


Inspired by service design thinking, she works collaboratively with communities, artists, organisations and institutions to design creative projects and arts experiences in the public realm. A member of the Change Collective, her work has been commissioned by People United, Hull City of Culture, Barbican and Heritage Lottery Fund over the last two years - building a body of work which falls under the title ‘Radical Acts of Resistance’ which seeks to explore how public interventions can both provide insight and incite action. She is currently collaborating with Aswarm, Bureau of Silly Ideas, Coda Dance, Immersive Me & a network of Brixton based Community Groups to make work for 2018-21.


Find out more, and connect on social media:

Twitter @TheChngeCollectv

Facebook @ChangeCollectiveUK




Steve Moffitt is the CEO of A New Direction, the strategic body for connecting young Londoners with the city’s creative and cultural resources. A.N.D. commissions research, campaigns for better access to cultural education for young people and designs and runs programmes in partnership with schools, local authorities, businesses and funders. Steve led on delivery of the Creative Partnerships programme in London (2002 – 11) worked for English National Opera as Head of ENO Baylis (1996 and 2002) and was Artistic Director and Associate Director of Theatre Venture (1989 – 1996). Steve worked as a drama practitioner for Community Arts Workshop (1984 – 88). Steve is Chair of People United, Chair of the AMSI Trust (Arts and Media School Islington) and a Trustee of the Queens Theatre Hornchurch.


Find out more about A New Direction  + connect on social media:

Twitter @a_new_direction

Facebook @MyCultureMyDirection

Instagram @_anewdirection



A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on social media:

Instagram @susanjmumford

Twitter @susanjmumford