CC Joburg | Glasgow

 

SOUTH AFRICA/SCOTLAND
Producer/Researcher

Curators: Natalia Palombo (UK); Lavendhri Arumugam (South Africa)
Artists: Anthea Moys (South Africa); Dean Hutton (South Africa); Lindiwe Matshikiza (South Africa)

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CC Joburg
2 Jul – 28 Aug 2015
Preview: Thu 2 Jul 2015, 6pm – 8.30pm

 

CC JOBURG | GLASGOW is a celebration of play in everyday life. Through play, we questioned issues of accessibility to the arts and perception of the arts in relation to audiences’ relationship to art work and their ownership of that viewing experience.

This project began in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of SA -UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 (a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council). We initially invited 3 creative practitioners to create a dedicated space for participation and play to occur in Braamfontein in a 4-week concentrated residency. Those artists were Anthea Moys (South Africa), Dean Hutton (South Africa), and Lindiwe Matshikiza (South Africa). The practitioners’ work is in many respects, in stark contrast from the other, but their work closely considers the public realm, the everyday and the socio-political landscape of their environment, and how these factors impact on access to the arts and audience participation. Working collaboratively, the artists produced a 2-dimensional art work which will be exhibited in the public realm.

Through a collaborative process, UK-based curator Natalia Palombo (MANY Studios) and Lavendhri Arumugam (Ithuba Arts Gallery) worked with the artists in residence to explore accessibility to the arts and expectations within creative practice, measured through space and language; bringing together exciting and innovative emerging arts practitioners in the city to re-imagine, repair and reconnect the physical and social fabric of the city through the arts.

At the end of the 4-week residency, we launched a public realm artwork alongside a performative stage. A 2-d artwork measuring 8m x 8m was mounted on the exterior of Ithuba Art Gallery in downtown Johannesburg. The artwork aimed to trigger audiences to participate and develop the canvas over a 2-month period. Alongside the collaborative work, they set up a multi-purpose residency space in the window boxes of Ithuba Art Gallery, facing Juta Street. These residencies were varied and often utilised by non-arts audiences who used the platform to play, perform or convey a message.

Through a focused curatorial residency at Ithuba Arts Gallery, we explored conversation and collaborative practice as a means of traversing critical subjects and activity within the sphere of contemporary African art, its market, institutions and independent art spaces, with an aim to foster an axis for ideas, exchange and debate within the city.

 

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CC JOBURG | Glasgow
23 Jul – 16 Sept 2016
Preview: Fri 22 Jul 2016, 6pm – 9pm

 

In Summer 2016, Lavendhri Arumugam will come to Glasgow, UK, to present this work, alongside a series of public events, at MANY Studios.

In Glasgow, CC JOBURG | GLASGOW will focus on how to engage diverse audiences with arts and culture in areas of ongoing regeneration drawing on the work created in Johannesburg as a reference point. We will investigate access to the arts in areas of ongoing regeneration, in areas which have a historically creative past, and is now experiencing regeneration through the arts, similar to that of the East End of Glasgow. The ‘East’ will be discussed as a catalyst of development, regeneration, sustainability, opportunities, and forging an identity in counterpoint to the elite and mainstream.

 

This project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

 

Johannesburg/Glasgow 2015 

 



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