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policy record proven and sustained action (and not just since 2020 when declarations of anti-racism became ‘on trend’).
28 Sep: Invited Speaker, discussion on philosophy, psychiatry and public mental health, Royal Institute of Philosophy Festival, Home, Manchester UPDATE: I have withdrawn due to non-inclusivity of processes
20 Oct: Invited Speaker,
Material Source, Manchester, in panel to discuss neurodiversity. UPDATE: I did not attend as I was recovering from Covid. My film was played which I did grant permission for. However, my work and references such as the case study of Leonardo Da Vinci which I shared on LinkedIn to publicise the event were applied by others. I had also shared materials and learnings with the organisers.
27 October: Invited Masterclass on neurodiversity, University of Cambridge
11 November: University of Salford decolonisation panel discussion led by Dr Jade Munslow Ong
07 December: Invited Convenor and Chair for Round Table in Manchester. Initiated by members of Artist Working Group who led the campaign to defund the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, the Round Tables are a UK and International series of discussions and actions with East and Southeast Asian artists and stakeholders to collectively re-imagine a more equitable art ecology. The Manchester discussion will be significant as the physical location of CFCCA.
Ongoing: Mentoring Leicester-based neurodivergent artist-writer-curator Ashokkumar Mistry through his Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant, alongside George Vasey and Mike Layward of Dash Arts.
Ongoing: To start writing a new book entitled Hypertactical: Handbook of Creative Mobile Neurodivergent Methods.
3 May 16:30-20:30: Workshop + portfolio session, Castlefield Gallery HOW TO THRIVE IN 2050 by pushing forward with ‘Adult Themes’? We will watch my film How to Thrive in 2050, then break into groups and share thoughts and action for our immediate and longer term future. We will also run through tactics to push back the pushback.
11 July: Invited Speaker alongside White Pube for Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) on its Fair and Equitable research report, ‘Fostering Equity in the Visual Arts Sector.
14-15 July: Workshop at University of Oxford, Mind, Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School 2022 with Dr Mohammed Rashed (Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London). Brochure and full programmme here.
11 January: Live on Instagram @AttenboroughAC @kaisyngtan. Speed dates with YOU and special guests: Professor Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for ResearchDepartment of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Professor Susan Orr (Ed D, HEA PF, NTF, CATE, FRSA)Pro Vice Chancellor: Learning and TeachingProfessor of Creative Practice Pedagogy, Visiting Professor, Bournemouth UniversityEditor: Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education. @susan.k.o. See here on how to join.
27 January: International keynote for LUCA School of Arts, Gent, Belgium.
2022/2023: ‘Ill-Disciplined: Creative, Neurodivergent Intervention and Leadership in Higher Education – A Manifesto’. Chapter in Beyond Borders? Articulations, provocations & performativities in Arts & Humanities research, which explores the spaces, places and territories that exist above and below, amidst and with/out borders in Arts & Humanities research. Edited by Jacqueline Taylor et al (Birmingham City University).
2022/2023: Invited Scientific Board member, Symposium on theory and praxis of sport. Coimbra, Portugal.
09/2023: Launch of interdisciplinary Executive Creative Arts Leadership MA/MFA programme, Manchester School of Art, which I have led in the design, and which I will lead on as Programme Leader.
Above: Left Feet Forward (digital image, Kai Syng Tan April 2020). Based on performance photograph taken by Enamul Hoque from Mind-wanderer in Action (MIA) series (Kai Syng Tan 2017).