Download Publication PDF  THE CONTRACT

The Contract, the theme of this edition, is particularly relevant politically, socially and creatively in these extraordinary and unpredictable times. Our society and culture is underpinned by contracts, both formal and informal, which determine our relationships and exchanges. Contracts, whether written or spoken, are promises and agreements that we make with each other. The recent result in the UK European Union referendum resulting in Brexit, the election of Donald Trump in the US, the General Elections taking place across Europe in France, UK, Norway and Germany through 2017 (Italy, Hungary, Sweden and Austria in 2018) and the rise of nationalism and populism across the world, is challenging many established social and economic contracts and boundaries. In relation to the arts, how do we respond to these new paradigms?

The newspaper publication with written and creative contributions from artists including Jon Adams, Maria Thereza Alves, Michael Armitage, Jordan Baseman, Anne Bean, Gayle Chong Kwan, Jimmie Durham, Yara El-Sherbini, Tony Heaton, Hew Locke, Melanie Manchot, Hayley Newman, Tatsumi Orimoto, Monica Ross, Terry Smith, Richard Wilson and Carey Young.