Current Focus

Rehearsing Hospitalities connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices and engagements with diverse hospitalities.

The programme fosters critical discourse, pluralistic sharing and collaboration between diverse artistic practitioners in contemporary societies. 

It is a far-reaching collaborative process that nurtures the emergence of new practices and paradigms of political and cultural hospitality. It is a guiding principle for Frame to navigate contemporary challenges and to claim co-agency amid changing political, social, and cultural environments. Rehearsing Hospitalities acknowledges hospitality as an open-ended skill that needs to be constantly rehearsed. 

Rather than taking up brand new topics for each year and event, the Rehearsing Hospitalities programme aims to build up content by layering many points of view.  These raise questions on different ways of knowing, forms of access, safety, and structural, symbolic and material re-distribution of power along with other shifts in methods and thinking required to develop more hospitable practices within the contemporary art field, and beyond.

As a departure point, the Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019 programme focused on the potential of art and cultural institutions to facilitate and mediate different ‘epistemic hospitalities’. Whilst attention to diverse ways of knowing and knowledge production remained central, the 2020 and 2021 programmes focused to expand on understandings of access, safety and security. 

Through various practices of hospitality, Rehearsing Hospitalities looks beyond normative and institutionalised understandings of access. Rather than reduce hospitality to assimilative processes of inclusion, the 2022 programme will address art and institutional potential to facilitate plural and decentralised forms of power and communal resource management. In collaboration with artists, curators and partners, the programme considers a range of approaches for complicating perceptions and relations with knowledge, access, safety and re-distribution of power. 

The Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities Autumn programme is co-curated with artist, curator and storyteller Farbod Fakharzadeh, LAPS – Live Art and Performance Studies at the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, artist Iida Nissinen and art educator Kaura Raudaskoski, and Steve Maher, producer of Pixelache (2019–2021) together with Mary Conlon, Artistic Director of Ormston House in Ireland.

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Commuter salon Salon and Speakeasy by Sumugan Sivanesan and Irina Mutt in Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019. Image by Ida Enegren.