Imagination and Inquiry
Seminar Series 2016/ 2017
A Cross–Disciplinary Seminar Series organised by Psychosocial Research Unit from the School of Social Work, Care and Community
The I&I seminars form part of the APS seminar and conference network
The Artist As Social Worker Vs. Artist as Social Wanker: Participatory Practices in the 21st Century
Wednesday 14 December 2016, 3.00-5.30pm, Brook Building room 213
Anthony Schrag, Artist
The growth of artistic practices that operate with the social realm invites us to examine art’s functional role within society: from governmental and institutional policies that instrumentalise ‘working with people’ towards specific (neoliberal) ends, to associated activisms that align themselves along political ideologies such as the Occupy Movement. Indeed, the current concern of the ‘migrant crisis’ in Europe has seen an extension of artistic practices that aim to ameliorate and assist those in 'difficult circumstances'. Can art appropriately or sufficiently ever function in this manner? In what ways can art function within difficult times, and what are its ethical limitations?
Anthony Schrag was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in the Middle East, UK, Canada and is currently based somewhere in Scotland. He has worked nationally and internationally, including residencies in Iceland, USA, Canada, Finland, Holland and South Africa. He works in participatory manner, and central to his practice is a broader discussion about the place of art in a social context.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including The Hope Scot Trust, Creative Scotland, British Council, the Dewar Arts Award, the 2011 Standpoint Futures: Public residency award, as well as a Henry Moore Artist Fellowship. Last year, he walked 2638 km from the north of Scotland to the Venice Biennale to explore the place of participatory artworks within the public realm. His practice-based PhD explores the relationship between artists, institutions and the public, looking specifically at the productive nature of conflict.
Date and Time
Brook Building room 213
Adelphi / Victoria Streets
University of Central Lancashire