The Arches presents
Thu 4 - Fri 19 Sep 2014 | Exhibition runs 11am - late from 4th Sept | Official launch with drinks reception Mon 15th Sept, 6-8pm | Free entry
Robert Ormerod‘s Political Youth series will be exhibited at The Arches as part of our Referendum Festival.
While wandering the corridors of the Scottish parliament and meeting some young parliamentary officers, Robert became interested in the type of person that is attracted by politics. Are they driven by the same need for change as those that took part in the occupy protest movement in 2011? Do they all set out with the goal of being a head of state one day? He was struck by the fact that in the next few years Scotland could split from the UK – some of these young people could be running a new small country within the next decade. Who are these would be leaders before they become polished by media training and years spent in the public eye? What sets them apart from those of us who use the democratic vote as our primarily method of influence? In order to answer these questions he set out to photograph some of the young people who are members of political parties in Scotland today.
Please join us for the official exhibition launch on Monday 15th September, 6 – 8pm.
As part of this exhibition, you’ll see a new series of work which will explore how the Scottish public are expressing their political views.
In the next couple of months, Robert’s looking for help to find visually interesting signs which display political opinion such as these…
Robert is looking for anything visually interesting/quirky related to independence referendum… If you see anything that catches your eye, get involved in the project by telling us about your sightings via Twitter.
1) Take a picture of stand-out visual opinion indiciators
2) Post the image on Twitter with the location postcode
3) Add the hashtag #indycation and tag @robertormerod
4) Follow @robertormerod and @TheArchesArts so we can get in touch if we can’t find the spot
Robert Ormerod’s exhibition is part of The Arches Referendum Festival: a season of events inspired by this year’s Scottish Independence Referendum, including a new work by Rob Drummond (Bullet Catch, Wrestling, Riot of Spring).
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”