Working Together: The Impact of Artists on Institutions (selected highlights)





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Published on Sep 13, 2016

An event at Focal Point Gallery, Southend 2 April 2016


Keynote Speakers: Artist Ed Atkins with Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Working with colleagues in The Netherlands, this symposium will explore the dynamic relationship between artist, curator and organisation; looking at how collaborations on new projects and commissions allows for institutional methodologies and processes to be challenged and changed. The symposium will profile innovative case studies from arts organisations in the Netherlands, presented in partnership with the artists they work with, to interrogate how artists have impacted on working with communities and on the development of collecting and curating contemporary art.

Organised by Wysing Arts Centre on behalf of the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN), the symposium is hosted by Focal Point Gallery in Southend. There will be a keynote lecture by Beatrix Ruf with Ed Atkins, case studies presented, a chance to see the exhibition Duh? Art & Stupidity, as well as break-out sessions which will give more individual attention to specific subjects. The end of the day will see a drinks reception and performance to celebrate the closing of the exhibition.


11am Welcome by Joe Hill, Director, Focal Point Gallery and introduction to the day by Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships, Wysing Arts Centre

11.15amKeynote address by Beatrix Ruf, Director of The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam with artist Ed Atkins.

2pm Case studies · Artists in residence, De Ateliers Director Dominic van den Boogerd with artist David Jablonowski

The symposium was supported by The Art Fund with additional support from the Contemporary Art Society and with thanks to the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.


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