In October 2014 AIR hosted a public symposium within Seven Years in Archway to examine being present in a place within an art practice.
Staying gathered perspectives on how artists and curators have stayed, and are staying, in other places; considered the infrastructures and processes of staying within the social, economic, political, built and lived experience of a place; and explored how a long public practice in a place might establish an expanded field of art intervention. Different scales of intention and action were examined through asking how long is 'staying', what are the relationships and conversations involved, what are the potentials and dynamics of the outsider/insider/local, and what happens when you 'leave'? The speakers were artists Andrea Zimmerman, David Harding, Becky Shaw, and curators Louise Shelley (Showroom Gallery) and Catrin Jeans (Deveron Arts). Staying is part of Central Saint Martins' Restless Futures programme and the presentations can be heard here.