Curated by Andy Abbott
Friday 22nd Sept – Friday 8th Dec at Gallery II, Chesham Building, University of Bradford
** Launch Event Thursday 21 st Sept 5 – 7pm **
‘Art and art-related practices that are oriented toward usership rather than spectatorship are characterised more than anything else by their scale of operations: they operate on the 1:1 scale. They are not scaled-down models (they) are both what they are, and propositions of what they are.’
Toward a Lexicon of Usership – Stephen Wright
‘All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden’ Geoff Lawton, Permaculturalist
This exhibition draws together creative practices that aim to affect change at different scales; from the local to the global, the individual to the environmental, the representational to the social, economic and political. Case studies and examples of historical projects are displayed alongside live, ongoing activities happening in the here and now.
With contributions from
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Arte Util Archive
Islington Mill Art Academy
Together, the work on display opens discussion about art as a tool for social change, the relationship between artists and audiences, and art’s place in a rapidly changing world. What is gained from exhibiting such projects together in a gallery as art? How might they be applied, activated or used otherwise? What would you like to see fixed or improved, and how could art help you to do that? As well as an exhibition space the gallery will be a space in which to collectively address such questions. A parallel programme of events, workshops and talks will be announced.
The exhibition forms part of Gallery II’s development of a Centre for Socially Applied Arts with funds and support from Arts Council England and University of Bradford.