Lunchtime Talk
Fri 22 Oct 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio & YouTube Live

Caring to Listen

In this lunchtime talk Caitlin Shepherd will share research and findings arising from her practice and research PhD, Caring to Listen, which examines how working-class experience is excluded from socially engaged art.

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Images by: Caitlin Shepherd


Caitlin Shepherd

Caitlin Shepherd is an artist, researcher and educator, with particular interest in lived experiences of class identity, precarity and economic inequality.

We are delighted to announce the return of in person Lunchtime Talks! Our talks will now be both in the building and streamed live, so you can join us from the comfort of the Studio or the comfort of your own screen, in your own space. 

Capacity will be limited and we are asking people to book in for the talks, if you can. Please feel free to turn up on the day, although we can't guarantee there will be a space.

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Caitlin Shepherd is an artist, researcher and educator. She uses print design, sound installations and built structures to explore and listen to personal stories of everyday life, with particular interest in lived experiences of class identity, precarity and intersectional economic inequality. Caitlin has a background in socially engaged art and activism. Alongside working as an artist, she co-founded and directed award winning campaigns at This is Rubbish (2010 - 2015) and worked as a campaigner at Oxfam (2012 - 14). Caitlin currently teaches contextual and theoretical studies at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. 

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In this talk Caitlin will share research and findings arising from her practice and research PhD, Caring to Listen. Her praxis examines how working-class experience is excluded from socially engaged art (and the creative industries at large), and how convivial listening practices might help to better understand and address such exclusions.

Collage and document on convivial listening

Join us, on Friday 22nd October, 13:00 - 14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards. Watch Live on Youtube Here


Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

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Past Events

If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.