• Family activist network performance photograph.

      McCloskey, Paula; University of Derby (2014-01)
      FAN is a group of 35 or so adults (academics and artists) and children, based across the UK (Cambridge, Chichester, Edinburgh, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Norwich and Sheffield). FAN was formed to consider family life and climate change through a variety of art activist formats. Since its formation in 2014 FAN have exchanged slow mail correspondence, created a reading group This Changes Everything (Naomi Klein 2015), held recruitment events (Two Degrees festival, Artsadmin, London 2015), protested together (Time to Act, London, 2015; D12 Redlines in Paris for COP21, 2015), engaged in creating family performances showcase (Plas Caerdeon, Wales 2016), commissioned a science lecture about James Watt and the onset of Anthropocene Epoch (Glasgow Green, 2016), engaged in a themed discussion on Future Scenarios (2016), visited the site of the Happisburgh footprints, created Photo Books of FAN encounters (2015 – ongoing) and debated on FAN email list (2015 – ongoing). 'a place of their own' has been a member of FAN since 2014 and participated in all its performances and events, please see website links for more information.
    • Family Entanglements

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; University of Derby (2018-11-02)
      ‘Family Entanglements’: As the collaborative arts practice ‘a place of their own’ we were invited to deliver a performance 'Lab' at the Social Art Summit – an Artists-led 2-day conference Sheffield, 1, 2 November 2018. For this Art Council funded conference, over two-days artists from around the country, as well as international speakers came together to share practice, showcase work and explore what it means to be making art through social engagement right now. As one of 8 ‘labs’ we ran a session called ‘Family Entanglements’, the invitation for participants read as follows: ‘As a reflection of their own family practice they will facilitate collective activities based around string games and Cat's Cradle, whereby delegates will explore critical themes including: Radicality in the family and your practice; home as a site of arts practice; maternity as practice; alternative futures, new intergenerational relations and making different forms of kinship. The lab sought explore the research questions of ‘how living with and raising children might offer ways to think about alternative futures in the face of economic, social and environmental crisis? and how the 'family' might be a site of resistance to dominant ideologies?’
    • ; a place of their own

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; University of Derby; Sheffield Hallam University (2010)
      a place of their own is an experimental contemporary art and spatial research practice. We exploit the meeting of these fields to investigate contemporary conditions and create new spaces, imaginaries and subjectivities. A place of their own was co-founded in 2010 with our four children. We are Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, based in Sheffield, UK and Ballyshannon, Ireland. We make performances, spatial interventions and audio-visual art and research. Our projects explore the transformative potential of art and spatial practice to suggest other worlds yet to become; they are becomings enacted through collaboration, by asking questions, provoking dialogue and testing ideas, and try to prise the production of subjectivity and the radical imagination back from the grip of neoliberal forces.