3 - 5 November
'Can I Be Me?' 

Please note that we have selected the artists for this year's Syllabus III programme.

Syllabus III: New Contemporaries

The Syllabus III artists Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton are coming back together for their second retreat devised together with New Contemporaries and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, with a special evening event curated jointly with The Northern Charter.


10:30am - Closed reading session led by artist, curator and writer Paul Stewart, looking in detail at the 'Ignorant Schoolmaster’ and Paulo Friere's ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ pulling out techniques for learning. As a group, they will build a geodesic dome bamboo structure then look at different ways of reading and editing stories through voice/movement and the manipulation of space.

2pm - artist Luke McCreadie will lead a writing workshop based on two short texts: Georges Bataille's 'Formless' and Zbigniew Herbert's 'Pebble'.

6:30 - 7:30pm - Syllabus alumni artistThomas Whittle  will lead a slide night at Baltic 39 featuring fellow Syllabus alumni Susie Green, Syllabus III artists Fred Agbah, Ilker Cinarel, Chris Alton and Ben Sanderson, alongside Nadia Hebsen and Paul Becker. It's free and all are welcome to attend.


10:30am - Artist Nadia Hebson will lead a workshop about activism and performance at Baltic 39.
2:30pm - In the afternoon, the artists will visit Foundation Press in Sunderland.
6:30pm - 9pm - Can I be Me? A night of live performance co-curated by Syllabus III, New Contemporaries and Northern Charter featuring Syllabus artists Conor Baird, Rose Gibbs, Ilker Cinarel and Freya Dooley alongside Holly Argent and Leah Millar.

Full details can be found here. 


10:30am - The artist Richard Taylor will lead a writing workshop that explores observational techniques and grammatical as well as physical rules. It will also include voice orientated exercises to prepare for performance, an editing session, and a short run of performances from participants reading new texts produced during the workshop.

The exercises will draw on the careful handling of autobiography, how to deal ethically with sensitive subjects in content that is performed live, the use of description to create an open and inclusive experience for the listener/audience, writing from different points of view to create distance from fact to make fiction.

The Syllabus III artists have invited a vocal facilitator for the afternoon and will begin to plan their retreat at Spike Island in December.

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