Turner Contemporary – Saturday 17th June 2017

13:00h- 16:00 h Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract is a programme of events including an exhibition, a publication, talks and performances in London, Venice, Margate and Folkestone.

The theme of this edition, The Contract, is particularly relevant both politically and socially. Contracts, whether written or spoken, are promises and agreements that we make with each other, within our communities and across society in general.

The project brings together artists and professionals to share and discuss what a contract means to them, their experiences of relationships governed or suggested by contracts and what might be anticipated or expected in the context of contemporary visual arts and current world events, including the UK Brexit decision.

Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract launched at DACS in London with the opening of the exhibition The Contract on May 3rd and continued with breakfast discussions and live-art performances in Venice during the preview week of the Venice Biennale.

On Saturday June 17th the project arrives at Turner Contemporary with a day of pop-up projects including  video, performances, music, interventions, games and encounters by artists including Denise Ackerl, Nicola Dale, Tony Heaton, Young In Hong, Laura Malacart, Monica Ross, Alia Sayed, Holly Slingsby and Harald Smykla.

The art critic and writer Sacha Craddock will lead a series of ‘one to one talks’ and interviews throughout the 4 hour marathon of non-stop events, broadcast live on Periscope and Facebook Live.

Nicola Dale, Model for Ideology performance 2015

Monica Ross: Act of Memory
13:00h -16:00h
You are invited to participate in the recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of Monica Ross’ work Act of Memory.

The performance will take place as a series of drop-in recitations from 13.00h – 16.00h on Saturday, June 17 in the foyer of Turner Contemporary. Each recitation will be recorded and edited into a final film that includes performances from Venice in May 2017 and from Folkestone in September 2017.

Register your interest to participate HERE

Young in Hong: Echoes
13:00h, 14:00h, 15:00h, 16:00h
Echoes is a relay of one person’s protest, realised through individual performances testifying to the idea of equality through individually different ways of expression. Accompanying an original soundtrack by Young In Hong (which is audible only to the performer), each participant improvises a live response.

Find out more information HERE

Young in Hong: Echoes, Venice

Denise Ackerl: Occupy Margate
13:45h and 15:30h
Occupy Margate is a participatory performance where the public are invited to take part in a protest choreography workshop developed from the Occupy Wall street movement.

Register your interest to participate HERE

Holly Slingsby: Covenant of Salt
13:00h – 16:00h
Covenant of Salt is a new participatory performance by Holly Slingsby. The work draws from the ancient idea of covenant, in particular the notion of covenants between god and humankind. Many of these can be found in the bible – spoken agreements which are sealed with sacred meals. Find Holly in different transitional spaces (such as the lift or the entrance door) in the gallery throughout the afternoon and you’ll be invited to collude in a whispered agreement sealed by sharing food.

Nicola Dale: Model for Ideology
13:00h – 16:00h
Model for Ideology is a durational solo performance. Five sticks prop the artist up under her chin, armpits, thigh and foot. She will remain temporarily stuck in this uncomfortable but self-imposed arrangement through the afternoon, in different locations such as the exhibition galleries and the foyer.

Laura Malacart: The Little Book of Answers presents:  A Very British Pictionary Game
13:15h and 14:30h
The Pictionary Game of The Little Book of Answers is a participatory game for two teams based on answers to the British Citizenship test. Can you draw the  answer? Can you guess what’s been drawn? It’s easy! It’s about life in the UK.

Register your interest to participate HERE

Harald Smykla: Flower Face Value
13:00h – 16:00h
During a durational participatory performance where the artist ‘floralises’ £5 bank notes with a flower over the washable note, members of the public are invited to purchase the personalised banknote by the artist. On purchase a contract is engraved into the margins, which the buyer signs in pencil, providing the option of erasure. The aesthetic art object, its sales contract and the means of payment are merged into one single item.

Tony Heaton: The Barriers
13:00h – 16:00h
Access is an issue for many disabled people largely due to prejudice, fear and discrimination. The Barriers, first shown in 2016 during the Venice Architecture Biennale, is a work that explores how physical barriers are not always obvious. Kind support of Tensator.

Alia Syed: On a Wing and a Prayer
13:00h – 16:00h 
On a Wing and a Prayer is a film inspired by the story of Abdul Rahman Haroun who walked through the channel tunnel on 17th August 2015. Mr. Haroun was held at Elmley prison on remand for 5 months but was charged under The Malicious damages act of 1861 for illegal entry into the UK.

Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract is supported by DACS, Turner Contemporary, Shape Arts, the Creative Foundation, The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Venice Agendas was developed by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding and has featured at every Venice Biennial since 1999. Since 2011, workinprogress has continued the series of topical, intelligent and informative discussions, talks, debates and events.

For press enquiries and requests for images and/or interviews please contact: Chantelle Purcell: chantelle@veniceagendas.com / mobile: +44 7766937677. Download press pack on programme page.

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