Symposium RURAL ART SPACE / Shrewsbury
location BRITAIN, Shrewsbury
host myvillages.org, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery and the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton.
about the travel RURAL ART SPACE / A one day symposium as part of ‘Why we left the village and came back’ (Wed 17 Jan 2007, 10.00 to 17.00, Old Market Hall and Music Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
‘Why we left the village and came back’ is a two month programme of displays, films and events curated by the artist initiative myvillages.org and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The project is showcasing and demonstrating a variety of current art practices that specifically address the rural environment, both as a social and physical space and as a political and historical context.
The symposium looked at current art and curatorial practice within a rural context and explored the different spaces and approaches associated with it. The day was split in two parts: a morning session with presentations around the current debate on cultural regeneration, both urban and rural, and a critical reflection on the role of art practices and curation within regeneration schemes. The afternoon was organised in workshops with presentations by a wide variety of practitioners, offering the opportunity for focussed group discussions.
There was also opportunity to analyse what the project had so far achieved in Shropshire and to propose new curatorial strategies for the rural art space in the county, which may be developed through the mediamaker Rurality programme.
about the host The symposium was a partnership venture between myvillages.org, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery and the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton.