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The Artist Proposes

Thu 17 Dec 2015 – Sun 17 Jan 2016 Site Gallery (open Tues – Sat / 11am – 5.30pm)

The Artist Proposes is a showcase exhibition offering insight into the Platform residency programme, exploring the ideas and enthusiasms of six future artists in residence:

• Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson
• Beatriz Olabarrieta
• Laura Wilson
• Anna Chrystal Stephens & Glen Stoker

From sculptures that speak, to focus groups that transition into game-like performances; from artists hunting for mushrooms, to dancers and bread bakers working together in the gallery – Platform residencies enable interaction between artists and the public at the work-in-progress stage.

This unique artistic development scheme turns Site Gallery into an open studio where the creative process becomes the artwork on view. We pair each artist with a mentor, commission a new critical text and encourage debate and discussion through a vibrant series of public programme events.

As a precursor to the exhibition, audiences are invited to a Platform Study Day on Saturday 21 November 2015. The selected artists will share their initial ideas and discuss the relationship between artist and gallery during the residency process.

‘Platform is hugely significant and beneficial for everyone who engages with it. We live in a world where integration and the sharing and understanding of process is increasingly important. Much of this is experienced via cyberspace (whether we like it or not!), which puts a bigger premium on shared experience in the real world. Platform is positive, life affirming and rewarding and should be developed strongly.’ Site Gallery audience member