Robert Ormerod: Political Youth

The Arches presents

Robert Ormerod: Political Youth

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).