Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 1.00pm
In the Faculty of Health & Social Care building, Garthdee Campus – room H602/5.
John Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. His works explore the natural world and the social and economic systems of society – such as money or religion. He belongs to a generation of artists whose work evolved from Conceptual Art, Land Art and Arte Povera – art movements occurring during the 1960s, that placed emphasis on the concept, process and site of the work, alongside material and aesthetic properties.
Following this Guests at Gray’s talk in same room at 2.30 – 4.30 pm D.A.R.T. Research Seminar. The Lavender Project: art as an influence for social change.
Helen Smith, Gray’s PhD researcher will present the Lavender Project as an aspect of her research case study within her broader enquiry into Artists, Pragmatism and Reciprocal Exchange: Critiquing Institutional Infrastructures in Organizational Situations. This research begins with the supposition that art has a social value. This is evident in the trajectory of artists working in relation to social and cultural issues in partnership with arts and non-arts organizations, a move that has problematized the conditions of art making (Kester, 2004; Bishop, 2012; Jackson; 2012, Finkelpearl, 2013). From this position she argues that the contribution art makes to society cannot be fully realized until we know how this value occurs. This will be followed by critical feedback and a discussion led by John Newling.