Critical Mass


Critical Mass: Making the Visual Visible (art outside of urban contexts)

The South West hosts a high number of artists who live and work in rural areas, where participation and engagement in arts and cultural activities are significantly higher than for urban centres.

In recent years the region has lost some key rurally based organisations, and as a brand new venue; Hestercombe Gallery opens its doors for the first time to a pilot programme of contemporary art, we take a look at issues surrounding the presentation of art outside of the urban context. Why present contemporary art in rural areas? How can we ensure that rural arts practice in the SW is relevant, critical and appropriately funded? What do artists and audiences gain from making or presenting contemporary art in rural settings?

With contributions from:

Tom Freshwater, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager, National Trust
Mark Segal, Director – The Artists Agency and former director of ArtSway
Alistair Gentry, Artist
Alexa De Ferranti – Artist and Director of Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset
Tickets: £10 to include afternoon tea.

Booking is essential and demand is high so please book ASAP to ensure your place

Presented by Visual Arts South West and Hestercombe Gallery

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