The Role of the Artist in Public Life

13.05.22 | Blog

The Role of the Artist in Public Life

On 25 February 2022, the MCA brought together four artists – Keg de Souza, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Salote Tawale and Daniel Boyd – with differing artistic practices and approaches to artmaking with community and for community. Moderated by Pedro de Almeida, MCA Senior Curator, C3 West, the panel discussion began following a video provocation from Skinder Hundal MBE, Director of Arts, British Council, and filmed at Ikon, on the role of artists today.

Then, on Thursday 30 March 2022 Ikon Gallery had its own version, following the same theme and again with four artists: Vanley Burke, De’Anne Crooks, Linda Stupart and Osman Yousefzada; and moderated by John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, Senior Programme Curator, Wysing Arts Centre.

All of the artists share a mutual interest in spatial justice; the sharing of stories and histories of displacement.

Both events were presented as part of Made in Birmingham/Made in Sydney a ground-breaking collaboration between the MCA in Sydney and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK .

The MCA and Ikon have commissioned Fijian-Australian artist Salote Tawale and British-Afghan artist Osman Yousefzada to create major new video artworks that explore questions of identity and belonging in contemporary Australia and Britain that will premiere in May 2022.

Watch the panels here

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