The Lavender Project: art as an influence for social change 

Posted on October 2, 2013


Wednesday 2nd October 2013, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, H602/605. Faculty of Health & Social Care.


Helen Smith will present the Lavender Project as an aspect of her research case study within her broader enquiry into Artists, Pragmatism and Reciprocal Exchange: Critiquing Institutional Infrastructures in Organizational Situations. This research begins with the supposition that art has a social value. This is evident in the trajectory of artists working in relation to social and cultural issues in partnership with arts and non-arts organizations, a move that has problematized the conditions of art making (Kester, 2004; Bishop, 2012; Jackson; 2012, Finkelpearl, 2013). From this position, she argues that the contribution art makes to society cannot be fully realized until we know how this value occurs. This will be followed by critical feedback and a discussion led by John Newling.

John Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. His works explore the natural world and the social and economic systems of society – such as money or religion. He belongs to a generation of artists whose work evolved from Conceptual Art, Land Art and Arte Povera – art movements occurring during the 1960s, that placed emphasis on the concept, process and site of the work, alongside material and aesthetic properties.

Ecologies of Value his recent solo show was first shown at Nottingham Contemporary in Spring 2013 and is at Newlyn Gallery, Penzance until 14th September 2013

Helen Smith is a PhD Researcher for “Connecting Communities through the Arts”, AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral award with Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Aberdeenshire, Gray’s Art School and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University.

Before this  D.A.R.T. Research Seminar, there will be a Guests at Gray’s talk by John Newling in the same room at 1:00 pm

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