Exhibition: 11.06.2014 – 21.06.2014
Studio 1: Public Acts
The Public Acts studio is a cross-course initiative aiming to cheerfully address the social responsibility of art and question the laypersons’ idea that public art is a lump of bronze in a park. Its aim was to develop initiatives that invite people to enjoy, feel part of and comfortable within the ideas the art world inhabits, engaging the chance passer-by as much as the determined gallery-goer. Public Acts studio has been determinedly progressive and cross-disciplinary, with participants setting their own agenda and working in a variety of media – from the plein air painter to the psychogeographer, from the polemicist printmaker to the socially-engaged sound or performance artist. Public Acts' aim has been find the art student's voice by identifying the issues she wishes to tackle and finding ways to incite curiosity and action in her audience. Essentially altruistic, joyful and outward looking, with the aim of developing the art student's individual vision to stand out among and lead the crowd.
One of the inspirations for Public Acts is the work of German political theorist Hannah Arendt who thought democracy was best protected by free association, participation and performance. She believed human beings have a responsibility to act to maintain a public realm, a free space. All art is part of exercising your freedoms but the Public Acts studio has sought actively to respond to Arendt’s legacy. What do I have to offer? How will I get others interested in what I do? How can I contribute to the debate? What nugget of new research can I place on the top of the pile? Is my art all about me? Can I turn the personal into the political? The Public Acts studio gets to the bottom of all this.
Min Cawthorne works with conceptual craft, using space, documentation and chance to make with crochet and string. Min also performs live.
Joshua Griffin’s work recasts images from 20th century nightlife in Europe after the two World Wars.
Kevin Jaribu has made a series built around the ideas of artists as political leaders.
Amber Jetha’s work is heavily inspired by the natural world, daily encounters and hallucinations on entering an unconscious state.
Emma Lawrence’s work is process-based and derives from imposing specific restrictions or methods involving the internalization of chance.
Norman Mine is an exploration of reality, stage and theatricality; the projection of the persona into everyday life and the restrictions of convention and expectation.
Georgina Tyson attempts to define her own moral reasoning by mind-mapping symbols of good and evil using simple lines and provocative imagery.
Dan Wright’s work on religion is adversarial, participative and interrogative art.