interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice


In Dialogue is a biannual International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice.

In Dialogue is a series of interdisciplinary events including presentations, discussions, communal meals, open mic sessions, live music and performance/live art showcases taking place across the city. Our aim is to create a dialogue between the different applications and understandings of the term In Dialogue, considering differences, commonalities, and how diverse approaches to understanding and articulating the theme can lead to new ways of thinking and making.

Press Release: Monday 1st February 2016



1st December – 2nd December 2016

Hosted by Nottingham Contemporary Supported by Dance4 and Nottingham City Council.

The call invites performance, papers, presentations and provocations, creative and challenging responses that respond to the themes and contexts outlined below. Proposals that make use of the various venues, interstitial spaces, intervene and compliment the structure and nature of the symposium (coffee breaks and the journeys between venues etc.) are encouraged.

We welcome considerations on the themes below, although this is by no means exhaustive:

InDialogue and:

  •      Transcultural and mediated communication
  •      The artistry of conversation through time and space
  •      Participatory platforms and collaborative practice
  •      Artistic, curatorial, interactive and transdisciplinary practices
  •      Haptic and performative methods
  •      Research methodology, knowledge and production

Applicants are encouraged to respond to the call in a number of ways:

  •      Work in progress
  •      Experimental works that use the symposia as a means of testing out new ideas or  works 
  •      Performance
  •      Academic papers
  •      Workshops

Apply online 

Deadline for proposals: 31st March 2016

Notification of acceptance: 1st May 2016

For further information contact:

(N.B. we aim to answer your enquiries within 5 days)

Further information about this event and its previous iterations is available online:

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For more information about the hosting venues and partner organisations please visit their websites: Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway, Playworks, Dance4 and Nottingham City Council and InDialogue.


InDialogue was created as a supportive platform for presenters to share their research, to provide an opportunity for artists and researchers to engage with each other in a transdisciplinary, international environment conducive to making new connections. Therefore presenters and delegates are expected to be present and to participate in all 2 days of the symposium, encouraging interaction and to develop an ongoing dialogue between participants 

Please note that there are no artist’s fees associated with this event and presenters will have to pay a nominal fee to attend this event, in addition to covering their own travel and accommodation.

InDialogue is supported in kind by the venues and the costs cover some refreshments and a communal meal. We are in the process of applying for funding and details of the conference fees will be announced in March 2016. We have negotiated discounted rates on local hotels and letters of support/invitation for successful applicants to use to raise their own funding.

InDialogue2016 takes place in the city of Nottingham, UK. InDialogue2016 is curated by founders Dr Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones with invited guest curator Rachelle Viader Knowles.


In Dialogue 2014 took place acros three sites in Nottingham UK from Thursday 2nd October – Saturday 4th October 2014. The call in 2014  is now closed but for details and to view the application pack click here. We encouraged experimentation through interaction in the form of presentations, discussions, art works, performances and workshops.

In Dialogue 2014 was hosted by Nottingham Contemporary (day 1 and 2), Backlit (evening of day 2) and Primary (day 3) and co-curated by Rebecca Beinart, Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones.

In Dialogue was co founded by Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones, with the first taking place in 2012, archived here: In Dialogue 2012.