Who gets to create art and why? This summer Sussex-based art organisations are joining forces to ask this key question with new exhibition and studio programme – involving guest-curators from Outside In.
Fabrica, Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Art, will open its doors this summer with an accessible studio and temporary gallery for artists of all ages, levels and abilities to access. Work created in the studio space will also then be showcased in a series of exhibitions at Fabrica for the public to experience.
Putting Ourselves in the Picture is a co-commission by Fabrica Gallery with Project Art Works as part of the EXPLORERS project – an ambitious, creative and collaborative programme of work with neurodiverse people across the UK. Fabrica’s director Liz Whitehead, explains: “At the heart of this experimental exhibition is the question ‘who gets to create art and whose work is selected, and thereby validated, for public consumption?’ The project also explores how artists with a socially engaged practice develop their work.
“Everyone who would like to make art will have the opportunity to do that during this exhibition and have the possibility to have it exhibited at Fabrica.”
Three artists-in-residence – Sara Dare, Jo Offer and Annis Joslin – will lead activities in the gallery which are designed to be accessible to all visitors. Sara’s plans involve creating a giant loop of canvas to play with the gallery’s unique architecture, Jo will invite people to take part in playful pop up events to produce a large floor work and Annis is set to seek responses to a series of objects, considering free-play, assemblage, notation and documentation.
Outside In’s director Marc Steene and exhibitions coordinator Cornelia Marland are among the curators for the exhibition element of the project and will be selecting the work on show between 7 August and 18 August. Marc said: “The fundamental questions of what is art and who gets to be artists – or at least challenging those conventions – is key to the work of Outside In so this project aligns perfectly with our ethos. It is truly exciting to be able to work in this way and we are looking forward to the results.”
The other curators will include independent curator Lisa Slominski and Project Artworks director Kate Adams. Kate said the project has had ‘extraordinary’ results, with people and organisations embracing relationships with new communities of artists and audiences: “Through EXPLORERS we have worked to increase the visibility and representation of people with disability in culture.
“Why is this important? Because art is enriched by diverse voices and artists. Organisations and institutions have a critical role to play in social cohesion.”
Putting Ourselves in the Picture
Fabrica Gallery, Brighton: 13 July to 26 August 2019
Opening Times: 1 to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday, 2 to 6pm Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Artist-in-residence for 13-26 July – Sara Dare
Meet the Artist, Wednesday 24 July, 4-5pm
Artist-in-residence for 13-26 July – Jo Offer
Meet the Artist, Saturday 3 August 4.30-5.30pm
Artist-in-residence for 13-26 July 2019 – Annis Joslin
Meet the Artist, Thursday 22 August 5-6pm
Sat 13-Sun 21 July 2019 – Kate Adams and studio artists from Project Art Works
Wed 24 July-Sun 4 August 2019– Lisa Slominski (independent curator)
Wed 7-Sun 18 August 2019 – Marc Steene and Cornelia Marland (Outside In)
Wed 21-Mon 26 August 2019 – Liz Whitehead (Fabrica)
The EXPLORERS project is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.