HouseFound Symposium is a new conference on disability arts and access produced in collaboration with our Artistic Associate Katie Walters and Radical Body. Taking place on Wednesday 2 March 2022, the conference is aimed towards people working in the performance and visual arts sector who can embed change within their organisations.

HouseFound will take place on Wednesday 2 March between 1.30-7.30pm. The event will be in two parts; a series of four panel discussions during the day, and three performances in the evening. The goal of the symposium is to engage arts leaders on how best to work with creatives who struggle to leave their homes, and demonstrate the quality of art that people can produce when given the opportunity to perform or showcase work from home.

The evening will be a hybrid digital and livestreamed event. Selected artists will perform to a camera in their homes, with their performance footage streamed and projected into a physical space at LEVEL Centre for a small in-person audience. This is to act as a proof of concept for how to run an event for performers who struggle to leave the home that Symposium guests can experience together and use as a model for running their own events in the future.

Format of the Day

The event will be in two parts; a series of four panel discussions during the day, and three performances in the evening. 

The evening will be a hybrid digital and livestreamed event. Selected artists will perform to a camera in their homes, with their performance footage streamed and projected into a physical space at LEVEL Centre for a small in-person audience.  

Programme (TBC):

There will be a 10 minute comfort break between panel discussions and performances throughout the day.

Time Title Details
1pm Registration
1.30pm – 2.20pm Panel discussion 1 TBC
2.30pm – 3.20pm Panel discussion 2 TBC
3.30pm – 4.20pm Panel discussion 3 TBC
4.30pm – 5.20pm Panel discussion 4 TBC
Break Break Break
6pm – 6.20pm Performance 1 TBC
6.30 – 6.50pm Performance 2 TBC
7pm – 7.20pm Performance 3 TBC
7.30pm  Reception

 

Bookings

There are two options for attending HouseFound, you can either attend online (FREE) or join us in person at LEVEL Centre in Derbyshire (£25). Please select which option you prefer:

Option 1: Attend online (FREE):

The online event will be a Zoom Webinar booked through Eventbrite.

Option 2: Attend in person:

We are offering a small number of  in person tickets for the symposium so that you can experience how this hybrid format might work for your own events. There is a small charge of £25pp for the day to cover refreshments and hosting.

If you’re attending the symposium in person at LEVEL, we’d love you to join us for a drink at 7.30pm.

Creator and Producer: Katie Walters

Biog to follow…

Panelist: Bella Milroy

Bella Milroy is an artist and writer who lives in her hometown of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She works responsively through mediums of sculpture, drawings, photography, writing and text. She is also a portrait artist. Her work explores how we touch and make contact with the world around us, with the hand-held being of particular significance. She makes work about making work (and being disabled) and not being able to make work (and being disabled). She is interested in the duality of every-day existence, and how things can be both beautiful/painful, both interesting/dull. This process-based practice is fundamental to her as a disabled artist, utilising and working with the significant limits and demands of living with a chronic illness, all mixed in with the detritus of domesticity.

Panelist: Elle Chante

Elle Chante is a singer and musical self-expressionist based in the Midlands. Using her vocals, lyrics and instrumentation she strives to encompass and share with the audience the world that she lives in. A strong believer in the power of empathy and community, Elle aims to make music that creates space for people to better understand each other and themselves. She is particularly interested in making work that explores issues of  mental health, invisible illness and disability. 
Elle has spent the last 2 years looking at production and has recently been supported by Youth Music to release her own self produced EP which will be released in 2022.

Panelist: Ban Summers

Ban Summers is the soulful lo-fi musical project of Edward Perry. Previously he played at Green Man, Isle of Wight and Truck Festivals and supported the likes of Johnny Marr with his band The Boy I Used To Be, but after a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Edward started recording solo in his bedroom. These recordings culminated in 2019’s self-titled debut album for Brutalist Records. As the world slowed down, Edward started Dis on Portsmouth’s Unmade Radio, a show playing disabled artists monthly and he is currently finishing his second album.

Performer: Cathy Mungall-Baldwin

Cathy Mungall-Baldwin is a folk-pop singer, songwriter, flautist and researcher based in Scotland. She has been writing songs and music since her teens and sings with her band Jelephant and Saxofolk, a jazz-ceilidh band. She studied music, media and flute at the University of Sussex and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and more recently behavioural science and public health. She made radio features on different music cultures for BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service. Cathy learned the music of Finnish Karelia and Lapland, Iceland, the North West of Scotland and Belarus through courses, community music projects, research and her family. Performance credits include the Kihaus Folk Music Festival (Finland), an Irish/Icelandic festival at the Icelandic Opera House (Iceland),  Fèis an Eilein/ The Skye Festival (Scotland), singer with the BBC World Service Irish Band, Edinburgh Festival, and gigs for Bosnian refugees, homeless people, psychiatric patients, and people with dementia. She sings folk songs, and original songs about topics including involuntary childlessness, social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, and neurodiversity in relationships. Cathy is proud to be neurodiverse and mobility impaired.

What’s next for HouseFound?

In 2023 we plan to launch the first HouseFound Festival featuring artist and performances from across the UK. If you would like to get involved or support the HouseFound Festival, please get in touch: info@levelcentre.com