In Dialogue

An International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice


InDialogue was founded by Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones.

Heather Connelly is an artist/researcher and lecturer based in Nottingham. Since obtaining PhD from Loughborough University, which employed reflexive, participative and practical methodologies to reveal the potential of a transdisciplinary dialogue between art and translation (and other disciplines), she has been working as a post doctoral researcher at the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at BCU developing a new transdisciplinary MA Chinese Contemporary arts (now recruiting for January 2017) with a specific module focused on transcultural communication, which draws upon her PhD by Fine Art practice Speaking through the Voice of Another.

Between Feb-April (2016) she was AHRC Cultural Engagement fellow at Birmingham City University (BCU) and Library of Birmingham during which time she will be developing a number of works that contribute to a larger series of events under the title of Translation Zones. Each project/event has its own form/format depending upon its context and location, collectively they expand her PhD research by incorporating issues of language learning, breaking down languages into sounds – dispensing with meaning. Collaborating with PGRs from the conservatoire, fine art and design to develop and execute these pieces. In addition to this she will host the first of a series of art-and-translation events, roundtable discussions, screenings and happenings that bring together artists and experts from other fields to share and discuss their research. Heather’s InDialogue panel will also contribute to this body of research. See:


Rhiannon Jones is a Nottingham based arts practitioner and resident artist at PRIMARY. She is a  lecturer at Nottingham Trent University in MA Fine art and Visual communications. She collaborates with artist Traci Kelly under the name of Kelly&Jones who will be touring their latest work ‘parenthesis’ in 2016/17.

She holds a first class degree in New Theatre Practice, BA (DeMontfort University) and an MA with distinction in Performance and Live Art (Nottingham Trent University). She is a final year doctoral researcher at Nottingham Trent University  exploring the design of a dialogical methodology that focuses on the value of a lived act; the act of participation in conversation through a body of practice that has looked at the performative and tactile nature of The Artistry of Conversation.

She is an active participant of the International Organisation Cumulus and is a member of the International Contemporary Art work group (2013-present). She was selected as a contributor for University of the 21st Century white-paper (2015) and founder of Thinking Through Practice (2012 – present) research network at Nottingham Trent University. She is also founder of InDialogue (2012-present) and International biannual symposium for artists and researchers exploring the use of dialogue in practice.

She has exhibited and published work internationally and in the UK  she was selected by ELIA Gent, Belgium as an emerging UK artist 2006 and her production Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Fringe Award 2007.  She has made work for Surface Gallery, PACE Leicester, Little Theatre Leicester, Phoenix Arts Theatre, The Junction, The Archways, London. She has produced and toured works in Gent, Belgium, Athens, Georgia, Sweden, Italy and USA.

Recent commissions include:

Light Night, artist (2013 and 2017) supported by Nottingham City Council.

Wonderland,  creative director  (2012-2014) 16month project in partnership with New Art Exchange supported by Nottingham City Council.

The Drawing Board, artist residency (2014) Kelly&Jones, Primary, Nottingham.

Freedom in Air, resident artist (2013) commissioned by The Cutting Room & Nottingham Playhouse to deliver a community engagement project for The Kite Runner.

Mediated Riots, artist (2013) commissioned by Synapse Arts & New Art Exchange.

The Art of Conversation, artist (2012) Backlit, Nottingham & Georgia, Athens  USA solo touring exhibition.

 Archipelago, artist (2011) Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.

Recent publications include:

Artistic Research and Professional Practice in the City (2015) Cumulus, Milan, Italy.

Engaging Arts through Empowering Acts (2014) workshop facilitator at University Averio, Portugal.

Acting Locally Thinking Globally (2013) co-authored with Carol Jones, Cumulus, Kalmar, Sweden.

The Dialogical Self (2012) University Georgia, USA.

Causality and Performativity of Scars (2011)  Nottingham Trent University.

Artist website:



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