Fine artists from Middlesex University will take over the Islington Arts Factory for a free exhibition and unique artistic experiment from 2 September – 8 September 2013.
The week-long exhibition titled ‘The Common’ will see a group of Middlesex artists inhabit the gallery and create their art work in the space, interpreting different aspects of the site’s history and role in the community, as well as exploring the theme of the village common as a public gathering for the display and exchange of ideas.
Many of the pieces are interactive or offer visitors the chance to take something home with them. They include; an interactive project where visitors can have two photos taken of them, one of which contributes to an iconic group photo and the other is theirs to keep. There will also be an open performance to engage the audience and explore the space, as well as a doodle project, which allows visitors to get down on the floor to doodle, collaborate and express themselves. In addition the exhibition includes talks and workshops by artists and academics.
The artists involved are second-year Middlesex University Fine Art students. Middlesex student Justina Urbonaviciute said: “We’ve devised the unique experiment to bring the Islington Arts Factory’s identity, form and location into question. A variety of happenings will take place throughout the week; all of which will seek to engage the public in a dialogue of the issues surrounding the exhibition. To celebrate the creativity fostered, a celebration event will take place at the end of the week.’’
‘The Common’ will seek to promote collaborative participation within art practice and encourage dialogue around the issues and ideas that arise from the work. The celebration event takes place on Friday 6 September from 7-9pm and is open for all to attend.
For more information please visit the students’ Facebook page.
The Spire by Justina Urbonaviciute, which forms part of her art work
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