Art which carries a political agenda

Our Corner: Art as Political Expression, exhibition at Bank Street Arts as part of Festival of the Mind
Our Corner: Art as Political Expression, exhibition at Bank Street Arts as part of Festival of the Mind

International exhibitors will show work exploring themes of discrimination, inequality and a sense of belongings in an exhibition, Our Corner: Art as Political Expression, at Bank Street Arts this week.

It will comment on such issues as Guantanamo Bay detainees, Female Genital Mutilation, Autism, The Holocaust, The Egyptian revolution, and asylum seekers.

It ranges from the action painting dance of Ayesegul Balkose to live performance by Deanna Smith plus, film, painting, mixed media and sculpture.

Organised by Ignite Imaginations, formerly Art in the Park, in collaboration with The Crick Centre of University of Sheffield Art as Political Expression is open from today until Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be free workshops in creative writing (Thursday), photography (Friday) and mask making (Saturday) each day 2-4pm booking essential. Each evening free open mic evenings will be held 7.30-9.30pm where members of the public can come along and participate in artistic expression and public debate along with performance by creative writers, poets, academics and musicians.

Included in the exhibition is the work of young people 16-24 years who worked with Ignite Imaginations worked with as part of the Participatory Arts and Active Citizen funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council questioning art as a means to close the gap between the governors and the governed.

1The North Sketch Sequence - the groundbreaking fusion of art and architecture created by the ceramist Jacob van der Beugal for Chatsworth’s North Sketch Gallery - has won the prestigious international CODA award celebrating the best design projects from around the world.

The piece, unveiled in March this year, covers an entire 20 metre-long gallery with textured, handmade ochre coloured ceramic panels embedded with a depiction of the Devonshire family’s DNA.