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Study Afternoon - Art into Life

8 December / 1-4pm / £8/£6 concessions / Sainsbury Centre Studio

This study afternoon will explore how contemporary artists and thinkers are engaging with the everyday, and how social and political ideas are communicated though art, architecture and design.

A panel of speakers including artist Katie Schwab, who works across ceramics, furniture and textiles to explore ideas of community and identity; Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex and author of The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House, and Noel Douglas, an artist interested in the creative use of graphics and art in social movements, will reflect on how their practice and research relates to everyday life. The panel will be chaired by artist and writer, Dr Judith Stewart. 

Contributors 

Katie Schwab 
Katie Schwab’s practice interweaves personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from traditions of living, making and working collectively. Her artworks take the form of installations of embroidered, woven and printed textiles, ceramic tableware, furniture and videos, drawing on the bright colours, bold shapes and abstract forms of twentieth-century modern design. Recent exhibitions include Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London (2016), Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2016), Together in a Room, Collective, Edinburgh (2016) and Fresh, British Ceramics Biennal, The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent (2015). She is the recipient of the 2016 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize and the 2017 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.

Ben Highmore 
Ben Highmore is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. His most recent books are The Art of Brutalism: Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain (Yale University Press) and Cultural Feelings: Mood, Mediation, and Cultural Politics (Routledge) both published in 2017. Previous books include The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House (Profile Books 2014) and Ordinary Lives: Studies in the Everyday (Routledge 2011). He is currently working on a book about taste and the shop Habitat.

Judith Stewart 
Judith Stewart is an artist and writer whose work focuses on the points at which culture and politics collide. Her experience of working with gallery education and socially-engaged practices as an artist, curator and researcher at several galleries in the UK including firstsite, Turner Contemporary and Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, prompted her PhD research into the impact of the social inclusion agenda on artists and their work. Her recent papers include: ‘The Worker Artist’ (for Future State 2013), ‘Whose Everyday?’ (for Townley and Bradby’s An Endless Round of Repetitive Tasks With Operatic Anger and Comic Turns, 2014), and (with Lawrence Bradby) and ‘Artists on the Gallery Payroll’ (Participation & Engagement in the Arts Conference 2014). She is a lecturer in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts.

Noel Douglas 
Noel Douglas is an artist, designer and activist working within the global movements against Capitalism. Most recently he has been part of Brandalism's unauthorised takeover of 150 street ad spaces in Paris at the Cop 21 UN Climate Change Summit, featured in the Disobedient Objects show at the V&A Museum and was part of a group of activists who set up Occupy Design as part of the global wave of protest in 2011. He is currently Course Leader for BA Graphic Design at the University of Bedfordshire.
'They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop the coming of spring'
Pablo Neruda

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