San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Working Together: The Impact of Artists on Institutions
2 April 2016
Focal Point Gallery, Southend
Keynote Speakers: Artist Ed Atkins with Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Working with colleagues in The Netherlands, this symposium will explore the dynamic relationship between artist, curator and organisation; looking at how collaborations on new projects and commissions allows for institutional methodologies and processes to be challenged and changed. The symposium will profile innovative case studies from arts organisations in the Netherlands, presented in partnership with the artists they work with, to interrogate how artists have impacted on working with communities and on the development of collecting and curating contemporary art.
Organised by Wysing Arts Centre on behalf of the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN), the symposium is hosted by Focal Point Gallery in Southend. There will be a keynote lecture by Beatrix Ruf with Ed Atkins, case studies presented, a chance to see the exhibition Duh? Art & Stupidity, as well as break-out sessions which will give more individual attention to specific subjects. The end of the day will see a drinks reception and performance to celebrate the closing of the exhibition.
£10 admission (including lunch and refreshments)
Limited concessions available
This event is being BSL interpreted
10am - Registration with coffee and tea
11am - Welcome by Joe Hill, Director Focal Point Gallery, and Introduction to the day by Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships, and Donna Lynas, Director, Wysing Arts Centre
11.15am - Keynote address – Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum with artist Ed Atkins. Followed by Q&A.
12.30pm - Lunch including an opportunity to look around the exhibition ‘Duh? Art & Stupidity’
1.45pm - Case studies followed by Q&A
- CASCO, Utrecht's Publishing and Education coordinator Yolande van der Heide with Werker Magazine – artists working with communities
- De Atelier, Amsterdam's Director Dominic van den Boogerd with artist David Jablonowski – artists in residence
- Stedelijk Museum's Head of Collections Bart Rutten with artist Cally Spooner – artists working with collecting institutions
3:45pm - Coffee and tea break, move to breakout sessions
4:15pm - Breakout groups exploring whether there are examples of similar ways of working already in the UK, and what the barriers might be to institutional change:
- Group 1 Working with communities: led by CASCO and moderated by Deborah Smith, Curator.
- Group 2 Artists in residence; led by De Ateliers and moderated by Lynda Morris, Curator.
- Group 3 Working with collections: led by the Stedelijk Museum and moderated by Dr. Jenny Powell, Senior Curator, Kettle's Yard.
5:15pm - Conclusion of the day
5:30pm - Screening programme curated by Outpost, Norwich
6pm - Ends with a drinks reception in the gallery for closing of the exhibition
Supported by The Art Fund with additional support from the Contemporary Art Society and with thanks to the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
Please note requests for refunds will be accepted up until 24 hours before the event starts (10am Friday 1 April).
ECVAN is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) and delivers collaborative projects that explore new ways of working together to support artists, develop arts infrastructure and reach new audiences for art in new ways. ECVAN includes Aid & Abet, Cambridge; Art Exchange at The University of Essex; Bedford Creative Arts; Black Barn Project Space, Norfolk; Deborah Smith Projects; Departure Lounge, Luton; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum; Outpost, Norwich; Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds; The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; The Minories Galleries, Colchester; UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire; freelance artists and curators. ECVAN is chaired and coordinated by Wysing Arts Centre.
Image credit: Allen Ruppersberg, Questions & Answers no.1, Focal Point Gallery. Photo credit: Mark Blower
When & Where
Wysing Arts Centre
Wysing Arts Centre is a research and development centre for the visual arts set in 11 acres of rural countryside just outside the village of Bourn, Cambridgeshire.