ARTS IN PLACE: Engaging the Public – Public Talk
Wednesday 14 October, 2pm to 5pm (followed by drinks and networking)
The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG
How can artists creatively engage people with place? We hear from experienced Artists Roger Hartley of the Bureau of Silly Ideas and John Newling as they describe their arts practice, much of which specifically focuses on engaging the public with where they live as an intrinsic part of the work produced. This event is for artists, community leaders, students and professionals of all kinds whose remit includes public engagement and will feature artist presentations, discussion and workshop activity.
Roger Hartley, Bureau of Silly Ideas
Bureau Of Silly Ideas (BOSI) is an established public realm arts company based in Brixton, London. Founded in 2002, BOSI are renowned for making a song and dance out of road works, eccentric machinery, intervention, visual art and spectacle. Current work has strong links to urban regeneration. BOSI believe that the best solutions, start with great questions and aim to engage people; so they question by injecting art, entertainment, humor and surprise into everyday places. In 2012, they became one Arts Council England‘s National Portfolio Organizations. They also know a thing or two about pineapples and custard pies… This October BOSI will be presenting a new arts commission on the streets of Wakefield, commissioned by Beam as part of the Arts In Place programme. Join us to hear more about the project. www.bureauofsillyideas.com
John Newling was born in Birmingham in 1952 and has an acclaimed international reputation creating projects and installing works in the UK and many other countries. Nottingham-based, Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. His works explore the natural world and the social and economic systems of society – such as money or religion. To this end Newling has innovated the possibilities and benefits for art in a renewed social and conceptual framework. He belongs to a generation of artists whose work evolved from Conceptual Art, Land Art and Arte Povera – art movements occurring during the 1960s that placed emphasis on the concept, process and site of the work, alongside material and aesthetic properties. During his time in America (1985), as the first recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in visual arts, Newling produced works in hotels, swimming pools, burnt out cars, sales of memorabilia and on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York. This experience marked the beginning of his enduring interest in notions of Place both in terms of cartography and context. www.john-newling.com
Further artist speaker to be announced.
Session tickets each - £10/ £6 (Artist & Concession rate)
*OFFER – Access to 2 sessions - £15/ £10 (Artist & Concession rate)
*The offer applies to the following sessions: Engaging the Public, Integrating Art into Public Spaces, Lighting the City.
This event is part of a wider series of events, programmed by Beam called ‘Arts in Place’ which take place at The Orangery, Wakefield between 14-17 October. The Arts in Place event series will explore what impact artists can have – working with communities, business, built environment and other partners – on making better places and spaces.
More details of the events can be found at www.beam.uk.net or telephone 01924 215550.
‘Arts in Place’ is supported by Arts Council England ‘Grants for the Arts’.
Image Shown: Wakefield Wordwalk as part of Wakefield Lit Fest, Produced & Directed by Andrew Loretto with Richard Hurford