'Babel' by Gayle Chong Kwan
Modern Art festival in Stoke on Trent
‘Conjunction’ – a huge showcase of the best in contemporary art – runs through November and December 2008, all across the city
You don’t always associate the Potteries with the cutting edge of modern art. Yet this is just what the organisers of ‘Conjunction’ are bringing to the city this autumn.
Thirty artists from all over the world, as well as locally, are taking part.
Twenty-five pieces have been especially commissioned just for the event - and numerous other art works are being displayed in exhibitions across the city.
The spaces being used for the festival are as unusual as the art work itself and reflect the organisers’ desire to help us to see art as part of everyday life.
The main show will be in the city centre - in The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery - but other venues include the Airspace rooms, Hanley’s venerable Bethesda Chapel, and ‘Area 23’ which is sited on Hanley’s Piccadilly retail units.
But there will be a lot of site-specific locations used throughout the festival. For instance, an exhibition of street and urban art will be displayed at the new commercial gallery, ‘Let Them Create’ in Barlaston.
Fantastic, Found and Fake
The artists who are showing have been asked to search for the extraordinary in every day life, and turn it into art. Thus the official theme for this year’s festival is ‘Fantastic, Found and Fake’.
Alongside the exhibitions there will also be the chance to attend talks by the artists and a panel discussion. You can also join guided tours of exhibitions and even, if you are a budding artist yourself, receive some business advice.
You may even wish to help. If you do there are chances to volunteer – just go to the website and click ‘Opportunities’.
For that, and for more information about what’s going on where log on to: www.conjunction.org.uk
last updated: 23/12/2009 at 08:09
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