Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract



    3 May 2017, 6:00 PM - 26 May 2017, 5:00 PM

    33 Old Bethnal Green Road
    E2 6AA

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    Psalms 1998, Donald Rodney

    Launching the programme of events for Venice Agendas 2017, The Contract exhibition brings together artworks that explore the idea of the contract from different perspectives: the contract between artist and audience, artist and institution, nation states, and the individual and society at large.

    The exhibition includes artworks by Keith Arnatt, Hollis Frampton, Hew Locke, Donald Rodney, Monica Ross and Carey Young and is curated by Gilane Tawadros. 
    At a time of significant social and political turbulence in the world, the obligations – explicit or implied – which we have towards each other are being called into question, re-negotiated and re-written. The Contract presents works that challenge the contractual agreements which we take for granted, recalls others which we need to remember, and provokes discussion about the nature of our obligations.

    Entry is free.

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    Event details

    Private View:
    3 May 2017, 6pm - 8pm

    4 - 26 May 2017, 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday 

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    Due to the nature of the exhibition, entry to the space will be restricted and spaces are limited. To book your free place, please visit our Billetto page here.

    About Venice Agendas

    Venice Agendas was developed by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding and has featured at every Venice Biennial since 1999. Since 2011, workinprogress (Clare Fitzpatrick and Terry Smith) has continued the series of topical, intelligent and informative discussions, talks, debates and events. Mel and Bill along with Vittorio Urbani of Nuova Icona continue to support and mentor the project.

    Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract is produced by workinprogress in collaboration with DACS, theartistsagency, Turner Contemporary, SHAPE Arts, the Creative Foundation and Nuova Icona. The media partners are FAD Magazine and Clocktower Radio NY. The project is financially supported by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    London: 4 - 26 May
    Venice: 10 - 12 May
    Margate: 17 June
    Folkestone: 23 September

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    Images of the Private View will be available on our Facebook page after the event. We will also provide regular updates of the exhibition using the hashtag #TheContract on our Twitter and Instagram channels. 

    Cover image: Psalms, 1998, Donald Rodney © The Estate of Donald Rodney. Courtesy of 2017.