SoFA Friday Event: Sophie Hope
School of Fine Art

Event Type:

Friday Event


SCREEN 3, Cineworld, 7 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G2 3AB


18 Oct 2013
11:00 - 12:30



Performative Interview
Sophie Hope

SoFA Friday Event: Sophie Hope

Event info

Sophie Hope’s practice based research focuses on the relationships between art and society. She has worked as an independent curator (B+B), a writer and evaluator of public and socially engaged art and is a lecturer in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at Birkbeck, University of London. Sophie has developed practical projects through which to research cultural policy, labour conditions and community art histories. These include ‘Critical Friends’ (2008-11),  a three-year participant-led investigation into socially engaged art and ‘Het Reservaat’ (2007), a large-scale community performance in a Dutch new town. Sophie has written two radio plays (‘The ‘Wild Spirits of Efford’ (2010) and The Legend of the Yum Yum Clumps’ (2012) and developed a series of interviews with artists, commissioners and curators about the limits of the art commissioning process explored through testimonies of compromise, cancellation and censorship (‘Performative Interviews, 2007). Her PhD, 'Participating in the Wrong Way? Practice Based Research into Cultural Democracy and the Commissioning of Art to Effect Change' explored the limits and possibilities of criticality in the context of an artists' contract. Sophie is currently researching art and politics in the year 1984, physical and emotional relationships to work (with colleague Jenny Richards) and alternative approaches to peer reviewing practice-based research in situ using the medium of the sit com (with colleagues Elaine Speight and Ben Jones).