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PAL Labs and Tashkeel Launch Collaboration in UAE

April 11th, 2014

We have launched a new series of short labs for makers in the UAE to develop new work for Design Days Dubai in 2014.

Tashkeel is an independent contemporary art organisation based in Dubai committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue.

As with PAL Labs they place the artist at the core of their work. In particular they support the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, a programme of exhibitions, events and professional as well as recreational workshops.

Tashkeel currently runs up to three residencies a year, along with 6 residencies in conjunction with partner entities – Delfina Foundation London, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Art Dubai – so we are very very excited to be joining this esteemed group of organisations.

This project will encouraging the exchange of ideas between international and local practitioners, the non-prescriptive and process-based nature of the residencies allows visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new context, or to conduct research benefiting from Tashkeel’s resources.

We have a call for entries for  makers from the region to apply to be part of the process and the details are attached here in both English and Arabic: CONDITIONS OF ENTRY_ENG  CONDITIONS OF ENTRY _ARB. The selection panel includes Deyan Sudjik, Director of the Design Museum; Libby Sellars, gallerist; and Lateefa bint Maktoum, the Founder and Director of Tashkeel.

Please find our press release here: Tashkeel PAL Labs collaboration_ENG Tashkeel PAL Labs collaboration_ARB.

PAL is delighted to be working with Dr Margaret Hannah

September 2nd, 2013

We have now started our work with Dr Margaret Hannah, a pioneer in public health (see recent publication: The Future of Public Health): , who is starting a significant movement to support violence reduction in Scotland. As well as developing the Kit Bag which is a beautifully designed personal mental health support kit, Dr Hannah has been developing processes to support medical practitioners identify survivor issues more effectively and more quickly. Her work to eliminate family violence in Scotland within a generation is a development of her own practice and is inspired by the work of the South Central Foundation  in Alaska. The South Central Foundation Family Wellness Warriors Initiative is having a major impact on transforming the lives of first nation families whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. It is based on pioneering psychology and on traditional cultural wisdom.

PAL is involved with Margaret Hannah to help facilitate and examine the process of learning from and translating that work into a Scottish context, working with the deep work that is going on in this field here, and placing it within the culture of Scotland. We will bring artists and creative practitioners into this work as we develop the plans for this research. This work will be developing over coming months, leading to a visit from some of the leaders of the South Central Foundation in February 2014.

Artistic Director’s Blog

April 25th, 2013

I’m just on my way to meet with Professor Helen Storey MBE  award winning British Artist and designer and very much a PAL kind of person,  Helen took part in our Creative Science Teaching Lab  back in 2004, and I cant wait to see her again. It’s been a bit of a tumultuous time for arts and cultural policy in Scotland and England in these last few days. I put in my tuppence worth to the Scottish debate as part of Creative Scotland’s Open Sessions and you can read about that here.  These sessions are producing very rich material for developing ideas about artists leading through their practice which PAL explored in it’s Artist as Leader Lab, the sessions also explore  the place of culture in wider society. In the next two weeks we will be able to reveal our LabSchools plans and website. Rehana and I head out to the UAE again in two weeks to develop our connections with some very special institutions there. It was great to see fellow country folk at Art Dubai in March including; Lisson Gallery, Photographers Gallery, IKON and Crafts Council.

Artistic Director’s Blog

March 14th, 2013

Is it really already nearly half way through March? Rehana and I are off to Art Dubai next week to start to build a following for our new special LabSchool offer for creative and cultural professionals in the Middle East. We’ve set up the new company and are building the brand which we will launch while we are there. I started my grown up life learning Arabic and studying Arabic Culture at university, having fallen in love with mystic poets and complex politics, so it feels like full circle. We are building the 2013 programme and will be announcing our first set of residential labs in May, and a new programme of one day labs in London and Scotland. First thing though is preparation for a couple of speeches – one on the culture of governance in the 21st Century for Mission Models Money at the Gulbenkian Foundation, London and a talk on Beauty at the Glad Café, Glasgow before heading off the heady highs of Art Dubai.

 

PAL appoints Roanne Dods as new Artistic Director

February 1st, 2013

 

Roanne Dods will succeed Susan Benn as Artistic Director of PAL it is announced today.

Dods has worked across the cultural sector in the last 18 years. For 11 of those years she was the Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation where she oversaw the expansion of their activities across all artforms, supporting talented artists across theatre, jazz, opera, film, dance, visual art, craft and cross-disciplinary work. In 2004, she was presented with an Angel Award by ISPA for ‘innovative and spectacular work across the artistic spectrum’ by Sir John Tusa. The Cultural Leadership Programme appointed her one of the ‘Women to Watch’ in 2010.

She has been the founding co-director of Mission Models Money with Clare Cooper since 2005. She also supported the start of The Work Room (for independent choreographers at Tramway, Glasgow); and IC: Innovative Craft (with Amanda Game and Elizabeth Goring), She is currently a board member of Cove Park and a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the RSA. She was, until recently, Chair of BAC, Vice-Chair of Scottish Ballet, and on the boards of Sistema Scotland, Fuel, Young Vic and the Jerwood Space. She is particularly interested in talent development, the qualities and practices of supporting people to do their best work and of the contribution of artists and their work to new ideas and shifting culture.

PAL exists to provide artists, scientists, educators, makers and doers, along with creative, imaginative and curious people with bespoke residential and non-residential laboratories to cultivate brave new work, to challenge perceptions and to lead cultural policy development through rigorous cross and trans-disciplinary experimentation. All our work involves the practice and intelligence of artists and creative practitioners at the heart.

In existence for over 25 years, PAL continues to be pioneering, developing fresh work as we explore new contexts and new partnerships. Our Labs now come in all shapes and sizes across the UK and overseas. We have an outstanding history of working with some of the finest artists in the country. Our innovative thinking and creative practice across sectors and borders includes Nobel Prize winning scientists; Oscar, BAFTA and Pulitzer prize winning writers; acclaimed composers; poets; choreographers; architects and engineers; philosophers and futurists; computer programmers and animators; cultural and educational policy makers and adventurous funders. With each PAL Lab our international talent pool and creative influence grows.

Contact details on email : roanne@pallabs.org or twitter @pal_labs / @roannedods

 

PAL STARTS A NEW PHASE OF ITS JOURNEY

August 10th, 2012

We are delighted to announce a series of new activities and changes at PAL, building on our longstanding reputation of bringing talented and passionate people together to explore new ways of working and to make new work. We are extremely grateful for a grant of £95,763 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which will facilitate these changes, and enable us to thrive in new ways.

In spring 2011, PAL lost its status as a Regularly Funded Organisation of Arts Council England. The Board and Artistic Director have used the PAL process to evolve our own transformation in response. We are thrilled to announce exciting new plans for PAL’s next three years.

1. PAL is hugely delighted to have received a three year grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (2012-2015) to support the implementation of a new mixed economy business model. This will allow us to continue making PAL Labs and to support a new programme of income generating LabSchools©

2. We are today launching PAL’s new website, designed by Luminous, to reflect our new thinking and approach. Please take a look at www.pallabs.co.uk

3. Our future Lab programmes focus on five key strands of interest, described in our website. All will continue with the same model of having artists at the heart of each of them. The five key strands are: PAL Arts; PAL Impact; PAL Youth; PAL International; and PAL Learning. Current programmes include the Rooted Lab funded by The Comino Foundation and taking place at the RSA Academy in Tipton in the UK; the Green Cinema Lab in India and Movement & Meaning Symposium in London. We will grow our international activities as we launch our first LabSchool in Spring 2013.

4. LabSchools will be commercially driven residential Labs designed to support international cross-cultural exchange through language learning and intensive immersion in cultural experiences;  with a particular focus in China and the Middle East. The first LabSchool will take place in Spring 2013. PAL’s LabSchool programme is being developed by PAL’s Executive Producer, Rehana Mughal supported by PAL Finance Director Jenny Wang and a group of freelance PAL Associates.

5. Susan Benn is retiring on August 31st from her pioneering role over 23 years as Founding Artistic Director of PAL. She will continue to support the board and management team in an honorary capacity in future as well as establishing PAL SCREEN Lab programmes in India and Brazil in 2012-2013. PAL will be looking for a dynamic new Artistic Director in September 2012. The post will be advertised on the PAL website and via twitter etc.

Susan Benn, Artistic Director: “I love every minute of imagining, seeing and believing what happens between original thinkers, artists and makers who challenge the status quo of their work at PAL Labs. So many brave imaginative talents from around the world have made PAL Labs with me and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to support them. I believe PAL has an important role, especially at this time, in supporting bold radical artists and open-minded progressive policy makers to work to influence positive social and cultural change through artistic thinking and practice. I anticipate PAL’s future with confidence, enthusiasm, trust and huge thanks to our board and many supporters!’

Roanne Dods, Chair: “ PAL is an extraordinary organization – a vision that came into being well before its time and is poised to continue to offer collaborative opportunities for reflection, invention and making. I can’t praise Susan Benn enough for the inspiration and legacy she has given to PAL. The vote of confidence from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is allowing us to continue her extraordinary work”

PAL began in 1989 with a ten-day intensive residential ‘Lab’ on a 500 acre farm in Kent for exceptionally talented writers for the stage. Since then the company have tested and proven its cross -disciplinary experimental process for the identification and development of talent across all the arts, in science and education, in media and new technologies and in cultural and educational research and policy making.

23 years, 145 + Labs and thousands of participants later PAL continues to be pioneering, challenging  fresh work as we explore new contexts and new partnerships. Our Labs now come in all shapes and sizes across the UK and overseas. We have an outstanding history of working with some of the finest artists in the country. Their innovative thinking and creative practice across sectors and borders includes Nobel Prize winning scientists; Oscar, BAFTA and Pulitzer prize winning writers; acclaimed composers; choreographers; architects and engineers; philosophers and futurists; computer programmers and animators; cultural and educational policy makers and adventurous funders. With each PAL Lab our international talent pool and creative influence grows. (See The Timeline on PAL’s website: www.pallabs.org)