Bringing together performance and moving-image work which considers interaction and identification with public space, Towards Common Ground will engage with an invited audience as well as the passersby with live, public artworks. The curators, Amy McDonnell and Ying Tan question what produces a sense of belonging to public space and what produces social agency.
Artists are producing work that engages specifically with the community or that is site responsive. The programme will feature the work of Alice Tatge, Emma Leach & Sian
Robinson Davies, Caroline Smith, Catherine Long, Freee, Jordan McKenzie, Joey Ryken, Lucy Reynolds and No.w.here. TCG will provide the opportunity for this multidisciplinary group of artists, who are at varying stages in their development, as well as us as curators, to work collaboratively and engage with themes shared in our practice such as community, protest and the problematisation of public space.
Our curatorial project will be situated in Clapham Common bandstand, London’s largest and oldest, local to studioSTRIKE and a symbol of communal gathering in open, un-owned space. Both TCG and the wider events run through StudioSTRIKE will focus on engaging the Borough of
Lambeth in the spring of 2012, a crucial year in London's cultural life.
In addition to local park users, families and local pensioners the event is free and inclusive for all. TCG’s direct engagement with the local community will forge strong connections between the community organisations and the local studioSTRIKE artists and the TGC artists, in anticipation of future community- based arts projects.
Towards Common Ground will take place every afternoon and evening for two consecutive weekends, 28th, 29th April and 5th, 6th May.