The Social Eye of Janet Mendelsohn - symposium audio

On Saturday 30 January 2016, over 250 people joined a line up of leading artists, academics and professionals in The REP's Studio Theatre to explore Janet Mendelsohn's photographs of 1960s Balsall Heath and what they mean today.

Discussions picked up on a number of issues ranging from the value of art that works with communities, to gender, representation and social/political narratives in art.

Click on the links below to listen to the main panel discussions, or right click to save and download. 

Introductions:   Matthew Hilton (University of Birmingham), Kieran Connell  (Queens University Belfast), Catherine Hall (University College London), Ian Francis (Flatpack Film Festival), Andrew Jackson (Some Cities)

Andrew Jackson at the Mendelsohn Symposium

Community photography: setting the scene  Chair: Kieran Connell  (Queens University Belfast). Panel:  Pete James (curator), Stuart Daniels (director, Building Sights), Jo Klaces (worker, Building Sights).    

Community, art and society: where are we now? Chair:  Jonathan Watkins (director, Ikon) Panel: Susan Meiselas (photographer), Mishka Henner (artist), Val Williams (curator and author).

Third panel at the Mendelsohn symposium