SCAN Summit 2022: NO! NO! NO! Cultural Work in Violent Times

CCA Glasgow (Theatre), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Wednesday 16 November, 10.00–16.30
FREE for SCAN members / £10 for non-members (all tickets inclusive of vegan lunch).


When states and systems harm people how does culture respond? In the few short years since our last Summit in 2019, the rights and liberties of many communities around the world have been undermined by action and inaction. Through war, occupation, displacement and discrimination, it has felt increasingly necessary to consider the means through which cultural work resists or upholds political violence. 

Knowing that contemporary art has the capacity to inspire action and envision bold futures, the SCAN Summit 2022 asks how cultural workers can share strategies, how we can support artists and arts workers in Scotland and further afield to speak loudly yet safely and how we can communicate difficult stories ethically and empathetically. Across this day-long programme of presentations, talks, exercises and screenings, we’ll hear from a range of guests on their experiences of using art as a means to amplify marginalised voices, as a currency for sharing beyond borders and as a tool for making power visible. 

The SCAN Summit 2022 hopes to make space for peer-learning and mutual support as we think through the challenges and responsibilities of cultural work in an uncertain time. 


The Karrabing Film Collective uses the creation of film and art installations as a form of Indigenous grassroots resistance and self-organisation. The collective opens a space beyond binaries of the fictional and the documentary, the past and the present. Meaning “low tide” in the Emmiyengal language, karrabing refers to a form of collectivity outside of government-imposed strictures of clanship or land ownership. Shot on handheld cameras and phones, most of Karrabing’s films dramatise and satirise the daily scenarios and obstacles that collective members face in their various interactions with corporate and state entities.

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London. Here and in other contexts she has developed residencies, exhibitions and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice and recently launched Support Structures for Support Structures, a fellowship and grant programme for artists working in the field of community practice and spatial politics. Recent projects include Radio Ballads (2019-22) and Sensing the Planet (2021). She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, a trustee of Mophradat, Athens; not/nowhere, London and Art Night, London. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice, in 2018 she co-curated an international arts and social justice conference called Rights to the City in London and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.

Lara Khaldi is a curator and artist. She was a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen. Khaldi worked as head of the Media Studies Programme at Alquds Bard College 2018-2020 and has taught at Sandberg Institute 2020-22. She was recently appointed director at de Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam, due to start in January 2023.

Anna McLauchlan is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and a full-time support to Margaret. Her interdisciplinary background—fine art, environmental studies, geography, kinaesthetic and somatic practice (primarily hatha yoga)—infuses her life, teaching and research. Her role during the Summit is to prompt awareness of how we are formed through the approaches, or methods, we enact day-to-day; allowing us to think through whether, or how, we can do things differently. Such awareness empowers us to be open, to learn and laugh with each other, to (potentially) accommodate and adapt.

Alison Phipps holds the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts and is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow. She was Primary Investigator of the AHRC Large Grant ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the body, law and the state’ (2014-2017). She co-directs the GCRF £20M South-South Migration Hub, MIDEQ and is Primary Investigator of the AHRC £2M Cultures for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace Network Plus (2020-2023). She regularly advises public, governmental and third sector bodies on migration, arts and languages policy, and Chairs the Scottish Government’s New Scots Committee. She is an academic, activist and published poet.

Mykola Ridnyi (born in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is an artist, filmmaker, and curator. In 2008 he graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art. Ridnyi is a founding member of the artist collective SOSka group. In 2022 he curated several screening programs of Ukrainian film and video in MAXXI Rome, Museum Folkwang Essen, National Gallery in Sofia. Ridnyi works across media ranging from site-specific installations and sculpture to photography and experimental films. His works have been shown in exhibitions and film festivals including Survival Kit 13 in Riga (2022), Transmediale at HKW in Berlin (2019), All the World’s Futures at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and other venues.

Tawona Sitholé is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts. Tawona is Poet in Residence for GRAMNet and works in a variety of settings and institutions. He is Research Associate with the Migration for Development and Equality (MIDEQ) research project. As he continues to write, teach and perform, mostly he appreciates his work for the many inspiring people it allows him to meet.

Travel Bursaries

We are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with a note of your travel costs and circumstances by 1 November 2022. Priority will be given to freelancers and those outwith the central belt.


The venue is located in central Glasgow with good public transport connections, we encourage attendees to travel sustainably. Further details on how to get there can be found here.

The CCA Theatre space is accessible from street level by elevator for those with mobility needs. The venue is fitted with a hearing loop. More information on venue accessibility can be found here.

Each presentation session will be live captioned and all films are subtitled.

This event will include discussions of conflict, violence, displacement and discrimination. Discussion sessions will be facilitated by designated leads and will be spaces to discuss the day’s proceedings. We encourage attendees to take steps which ensure their own comfort. Though doors will be closed to prevent noise ingress, attendees are welcome to leave the room and return at any point.

We will have an identified access coordinator on-hand to greet guests and facilitate access on the day. Please contact Marcus Jack via [email protected] if you have any queries.