ART LIFE JOURNEY
Fine Art Scholarship, Chelsea College of Art and Design
Participated in performances (events/happenings) in UK and Europe, including the Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS). (Joseph Beuys, Fluxus, Yoko Ono, John Latham and others.) Teaching at St Martins and Hornsey Schools of Art.
ARTIST PLACEMENT GROUP (APG)
Initiated and coordinated the Artist Placement Group (APG) in collaboration with John Latham, joined by artists including Jeffrey Shaw, Barry Flanagan, Stuart Brisley, David Hall and Anna Ridley.
Negotiated and effected Industrial Placements with: British Steel, British Rail, British Airways, Esso Petroleum, ICI Fibres, Ocean Fleets, Hille International and on the basis of the Whitehall Treaty, UK Central Government persuaded of bilateral interest. The Civil Service Memorandum of 1973 related Artist activity into Government activity with: the Department of Environment, the Scottish Office, Peterlee Development Corporation, the Department of Health and others.
From 1977, negotiated with Nicholas Tresilian new artist role into EEC policy: Artist as Cultural Worker. 1980-82, numerous private or semi-private APG meetings are held in Paris (British Embassy, on the invitation of British Ambassador Sir Reginald Hibbert, 1980), Eindhoven (Apollohuis, organised by Rolf and Ros Sachsse, 1982), Amsterdam (part of the 1982 ILEA Conference), Bonn and Brussels and in 1985 established pilot European Placement Programme, funded by EEC Cultural Sector.
Selected APG Exhibitions and Events
Industrial Negative Symposium, Mermaid Theatre, London
Between 6, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Art and Economics, [Inn70] Hayward Gallery, London
The New Profession, Garage Gallery, London
Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
Artist Placement Group: Kunst als Soziale Strategie in Institutionen und Organisationen, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Incidental Person Approach to Government seminar Royal College of Art, London
APG: Incidental Person Approach to Government, Whitechapel Gallery, London
‘L’Engineering conceptuel’ in Un Certain Art Anglais, Musee d’art Moderne, Paris, France
Kunst als Soziale Strategie in Organisazionen und Institutionen Museum Moderner Kunst, Palais, Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria
ORGANISATION + IMAGINATION (O+I)
Established O+I as an independent international artist network, consultancy and research organization, leading negotiations between artists and key UK/EU public and private sector organisations.
Selected O+I Projects
Negotiated/led Southwark Educational Research Project, Inner London Education Authority and the London Borough of Southwark.
Established interventionist placement course 'Art in Context:Repositioning the Artist in Society’, Chelsea College of Art.
Speaker at Scandinavian Management Symposium, Bergen, Norway, establishing Norwegian participation in O+I European Network and Erasmus.
Established European Network for Repositioning Art in Decision-Making Processes of Society with Institutes of Art & Design in Europe.
Paper presented at Inaugural conference of ELIA (European League of Institutes of Art and Design), Amsterdam
Academic coordinator of Erasmus programme, ART IN CONTEXT, at the London Institute, Chelsea, in collaboration with colleges in Norway, Spain and Holland.
British Telecom and the ‘UK Futures Group’
Curated at ICA London first event in series The New Role of Art in the 21st Century
Art & Economics II proposal
Teambuild, conference, Baltic, Newcastle
Interrupt Symposium - Artist as Educator, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Barbara Steveni’s Practice
The representation of APG’s ‘lost history’ and current practice to a contemporary generation of interested artists and cultural policy organisations, via illustrated lectures and performance integrating the archival traces. Working to establish an academic base for art theory and practice in this new role (London Institute and Goldsmiths).
Selected Exhibitions, Projects and Performances
Performance at Borshch exhibition, St. Petersburg, Russia
Antagonismes, MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain
I AM AN ARCHIVE (IAAA) –exhibitions, performances and conferences
potential: ongoing archive, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Produkt and Vision performance, Kunstfabrik, Berlin
Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person Symposia, Tate Britain, London
Revisits - Scotland and Birmingham. Performances and events at locations of APG government placements.
Between 1: Value, South London Gallery
Context is half the work, Manifesto Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London
Barbara Steveni – Beyond the Acid Free, Arnolfini, Bristol
The Incidental Person, New York Apex Gallery
The Individual and the Organisation: Artist Placement Group 1966-79, Raven Row, London
Performance with Laure Prouvost, MaxMara Prize, Whitechapel Gallery, London
CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN OURSELVES
Context is Half the Work – A Partial History of the Artist Placement Group, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany and Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
SERP Reactivated, Peckham Platform shown at Flat Time House and Tate Modern.
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