Opening event: Thursday 8 January 6-9pm 35 artists and art groups are staging a takeover of the Espacio Gallery in January 2015 to turn it into a demonstration site, an encounter space and an ideas laboratory.
Instigated by the Degrees of Freedom artist collective, the Anti Gallery Gallery Show is an experiment in finding ways for artists to change their relationship with each other, their artworks and the public within a traditional gallery space so as to subvert its governing ethos- competitive individualism within a consumerist culture.
The Show is designed as a festival rather than a normal exhibition and aims to create an ever changing, boisterous and engaging experience inside and outside the gallery space. The ambition is to engage artists and visitors, make them think, play and take part in ways that are thought provoking as well as fun.
The takeover is supported by Carlos de Lins, Director of the Espacio Gallery. ”The Anti Gallery Gallery Show makes some very serious points about the nature of the art world and having them made in a gallery space adds an interesting dimension to what they are saying”.
The Show features installations, performances, constructed situations, encounters and happenings that challenge the values, rituals, practices and conventions of the gallery culture. All artworks will be created or completed at the gallery or require participation from visitors.
Participating artists include Ahmed Farooqui, Andrea Artz, Bodo Jackson Artist Collaboration, Chloë Louise Lawrence, Claire Nelmes, Cluster Bomb Collective, Consuelo Celluzzi, Dan Kennedy, Diana Scarborough, Ellen Jewell, Elspeth Penfold, Esperanza Gomez-Carrera, Fans of Feminism, Graham Asker, Graham Johnston, Hysterical Women Collective, Jane Smith, Jeanette Abi Khalil, John O’Hare, Jones Tensini, Kate Walters, Klaus Pinter, Liana Bortolozzo, Livia Garcia, Marta Daeuble, Matthew Kay, Miguel Ivorra, Monika Tobel, Naomi Oduse, Natasha Sabatini, Naya Eleftheriou, S R Jimmy, Stephanie Conway and the Women’s Tap Rhythm Collective.
Information on the daily schedule of events will be availableherefrom 2nd January 2015.
This week (20-25th January) at the Anti Gallery Gallery Show:
DECOY by Stephanie Conway (21-25th January) I AM NOT AN ARTIST, I AM AN INVIGILATOR by Livia Garcia (23-25th January) RE-COLLECTIONS by the Cluster Bomb Collective (24-25 January) RE-COLLECTIVES by the Cluster Bomb Collective (25 January) CONTINUOUS MAKING 1 by Morwenna Lake (24 January, 1-4.40pm) INCESSANT SURGE by Monika Tobel and Jeannette Abi Khalil MY ART by Lila Spe (21-25th January)
ART GYM by Ahmed Farooqui (20-23 January) ART ACTIONS EXCHANGE by Liana Bortolozzo (20-21 January) FREE OR FEMINIST OR BOTH by Fans of Feminism (22 January) THINKING THREADS by Elspeth Penfold (21 January) RETHINKING THE FIGURE by Natasha Sabatini (20th January, 6-8pm) POET & SINGER, Dan Kennedy (22 January, 6-8pm) WOMEN'S TAP RHYTHM COLLECTIVE (22 January, 6-8pm)
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