‘Art can create disturbance and protest, and protest can create art’ – Martin Argles, 2012
This exhibition deals with the art of protest, the need for as well as the effects of art in protest, curated by six Central Saint Martins Fine Art students. The exhibition is a culmination of a year of research into the relationship between art and activism with an aim to demonstrate the ways they work to inform one another.
A unique collection of archival images documenting the actions of people in protest spanning from 1968 until today are exhibited alongside works from both established and emerging artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, kennardphillips, John Goldschmidt, Noel Douglas, Rowan Durrant, Francesca Tossarelli, Ting Tong Chang, Ben Wilson, Jamie Wagg, Robert Greenwood, Leah Borromeo, King Mob, Shepherd Manyika, Cordelia Cembrowicz, Hanging Out Project, Marco Monterzino, James Cauty and Dr D. The artists’ works harness the energy and ideals of individual approaches to protest in art. In today’s current climate, it is necessary to add to the very relevant discussion regarding art in protest and to emphasise art’s potential in actualizing change in the ‘here and now’ of our times.
A series of events to coincide with the exhibition:
Thursday 26th April – ‘Our Live Experiment Is Worth More Than 3,000 Textbooks’ film screening and Q&A session with film director John Goldschmidt at The Kings Cross Social Club; 6.30pm – 8pm
Thursday 3rd May – ‘Discussing The Creative Resistance’ discussion panel with Dean Kenning, Noel Douglas, Leah Borromeo and vacuum cleaner at The Hub, 126 York way; 6.30 – 9.30pm
Perhaps art cannot change things, but it can change people who can create change and this is Our Demonstration.