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Pot Luck Dinner with Islington Mill Art Academy for Full Scale Exhibition

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Join Islington Mill Art Academy for a disussion about their practice and experiences as residents at Gallery II in which they explored the Asociación de Arte Util's Arte Util archive and Bradford. This will be followed by a shared meal and a chance to talk and socialise. Everyone is invited to bring a dish and share with the rest of the group.

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Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World
Friday 22nd Sept - Friday 8th Dec 2017 at Gallery II, Chesham Building, University of Bradford. Opening hours Monday - Friday: 11am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm). Public events programme including Saturday openings below.

Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World is an exhibition that draws together creative practices that aim to affect change at different scales; from the local to the global, the individual to the environmental, and therepresentational through to the social, economic and political. Case studies and examples of historical projects are displayed alongside live, ongoing activities, and an invitation to propose ‘useful art projects’ for the future.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s award-winning Rubber Coated Steel is a video tribunal where the artist’s techniques for visualizing sound frequencies are used to determine whether Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets or live ammunition at two unarmed teenagers in the occupied West Bank.

As well as their enlightening ‘FAQ’s Austrian artist group WochenKlausur’s interventionist practice is represented by documentation of a project where they helped students to create affordable housing from vacant buildings.

The self-organised art school Islington Mill Art Academy display outcomes from their engagement with the Asociación de Arte Útil’s ‘useful art’ archive as part of an earlier residency in the gallery. Copies of Russian collective Chto Delat’s ‘reader on performative education’ from The School of Engaged Art are available to browse and take away.

Open arts collective Wur Bradford present a selection of recent, current and future projects that include a campaign against Street Harassment, Creative Resistance sessions, and a social history project for Bradford’s Oastler Market.

Together the works offer a chance to reflect upon practices that art critic Stephen Wright has described as being orientated towards ‘usership rather than spectatorship’ and ‘characterised more than anything else by their scale of operations: they operate on the 1:1 scale. They are not scaled-down models … (they) are both what they are, and propositions of what they are.’ Visitors are also invited to make proposals for their own useful art projects as part of the exhibition and accompanying workshops and discussion event.

Full Scale is curated by Andy Abbott - University of Bradford Producer Music and Visual Arts, and forms part of Gallery II’s development of a Centre for Socially Applied Arts with support from Arts Council England.

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Full Scale public events programme:

Thurs Sept 21st: Launch event with performances from Wur Bradford 5 - 7pm.

Sat Oct 7th: Curator Tour plus Skype conversation with Wochenklausur. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Oct 21st: Wur Useful Art Party. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Nov 4th: Curator Tour plus discussion. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Nov 18th: Islington Mill Art Academy Pot Luck Dinner. 12pm - 3pm.

Mon Nov 27th: UnCommons Live Music event at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre with Stella Chiweshe (Zimbabwe) and Bradford Scratch Orchestra. 7pm - 10:30pm

Sat Dec 2nd: Curator Tour plus discussion. 12pm - 3pm.

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Islington Mill Art Academy (IMAA) is a peer-led experiment into alternative modes of art education, tailored to meet the needs of artists striving to develop their creative practice alongside full-time day jobs. Founded in Manchester in 2007, IMAA emphasises shared responsibility. A forerunner in the alternative art schools movement, it was set up in response to student fees and the debate around the relevance and usefulness of mainstream art education.

IMAA is open to anyone who would like to be an artist and who is interested in taking responsibility for, and direction of, the way in which they intend to do this. Its nature changes with its membership; each member is invited to bring their own ideas and energy. It is designed to encourage and support an artist’s development, giving them the confidence to take risks, fail and try again. To make, break; repeat.

The Mill’s ethos is based around an openness to try new things. It is a place to experiment and enquire; to translate arts education into something viable and meaningful in the real world. IMAA gives artists an opportunity to take control of their own learning through facilitation, practice and experimentation. There is no differentiation between professor and pupil at IMAA, and no set courses; simply a shared learning experience quest for understanding. Members seek out resources and employ ‘art method’ towards diverse – and not necessarily artistic – outcomes. Whilst the nature of IMAA is fluid, it is underpinned by a willingness to share ideas and to embrace each other’s skills and knowledge.
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The Asociación de Arte Útil was initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera and, in line with the Criteria of Arte Útil, it is now being evolved by a growing user group into an international body to promote ways for art to work effectively in ordinary life and to initiate and support new initiatives that fulfil the Criteria of Arte Útil.

As the Asociación membership grows we will build a growing social, political and active network of members, a communication forum for Arte Útil activity, regular updates, newsletters on activities of the Asociación Members of the Asociación are invited to contribute to the evolution of Arte Útil practically and theoretically, as part of an initiative to reinstate art as a process that is fully integrated into society.

The Asociación de Arte Útil is part of an ongoing collaboration between Tania Bruguera, Grizedale Arts, Van Abbemuseum, Liverpool John Moores University and the Internationale confederation of European museums, Tate Liverpool, Ikon Gallery Birmingham and MIMA as part of the 5 year project ‘The Uses of Art: The Legacies of 1848 and 1989’. The Asociación de Arte Útil is co-directed by Tania Bruguera and Alistair Hudson (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) in partnership with the Van Abbemuseum.
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