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Going Wandering : A Symposium

  • The Goods Shed Station Approach Stroud, GL5 3AP United Kingdom (map)

What happens when we can see our surroundings differently? What doors open, what dreams can be dreamt, what changes can be made?

Periscope Presents : A one-day symposium exploring how different models of creative engagement enable individuals and communities to reimagine social and cultural narratives.

As part of ‘The Explorer’s Dream’, Periscope’s latest immersive, creative event will include:

1. Immersive, creative, community space (venue to be revealed, Stroud town centre)

2. Collaborative exhibition at SVA Gallery

3. Going Wandering – creative symposium at The Brunel Goods Shed

Periscope (Artists Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft) will be inviting contributors to explore the intersection of art, play, education and cultural change. The symposium will include a bring and share lunch, and children are more than welcome to join. Under 16s can come for free, accompanied by a paying adult.

Contributors include;

Sophie Christophy (researcher and educator, co-founder of consent-based education setting ‘The Cabin’ ); investigates the relationships between and impact of the history of education and our current social norms, systems and behaviour., recognising that the greatest potential for social change exists within the intergenerational exchange between adults and children.

Rowan Salim (geographer, humanitarian and educator); concerned with ecologically sound, playful, and democratic learning environments. She is co-director/facilitator of Free We Grow, a learning environment founded on democratic, humanistic principles.

Dr Wendy Russell (senior lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire) works in development, research, training and education with local, national and international organisations. Her research focuses on supporting children’s right to play, particularly in terms of the politics of space, policy and ethics.

Jane Sillis  (director of Engage - National Association for Gallery Education) whose mission is to enable access to art and artists to a wide community of participants, sharing best practice, research, professional development and leadership. Engage supports arts educators, organisations, freelancers and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges.                          

Dougald Hine (author, editor and culture-maker)  is co-founder of the Dark Mountain project and Founder of ‘Home’ – a school for culture-makers and meeting point for those drawn to the work of re-growing a living culture. 


Early bird : £20 from SVA / £25 online

From 1st October: £25 from SVA / £30 online

Concessions available for those in financial hardship: please contact Periscope on 

Find out more on the Periscope Website.