Craft des Refusés
Thursday 15th December 2016, 7pm – 9pm
Host, Tom Dale
Artist Tom Dale revisits the Salon des Refusés, an exhibition of work that was rejected from the famous Paris Salon of 1863 and considers the skill and calculation involved in knowing when to say ‘No’. Drawing upon his experience with Bradwell Abbey Lacemakers, who pursue their craft in-part because of the way it focuses them, to the exclusion of everything else, Dale will present an evening of images, excerpts and ideas based on the art and craft of refusal. For Manet, Pissarro and Whistler the ‘No’ to their participation, precipitated not the end of their ideas but the beginning of a lasting influence. Refusal, discussed during the course of the evening, is just as likely to be the end of those issuing it, as those receiving it.
Common Ground expands upon Milton Keynes Arts Centre's community participation and artist development programmes, offering a twelve month season of five distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists Yinka Ilori, Ibiye Camp, Tom Dale, Izzy Parker, Groundwork (Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies), our projects will see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, salons and supper clubs targeting artists and practitioners based in Milton Keynes.