Newcastle Art goes to Zurich

On July 6, Newcastle Creative Network (NCN) will be exhibiting documentation of its previous projects at Museum Baerengasse in Zurich as part of a research project by Connecting Spaces. In April, NCN also took part in discussions in Hong Kong on the intersections of art and the community.

The discussion rounds on ‘Art and Community’ relates to the ongoing Foa-Flux research on Functions of Art in Global Contexts and on Visualisation Strategies and Public Spheres. The latter is made possible by Connecting Spaces, which is a hub and an exploratory platform for collaborative projects between Zurich University of the Arts and other institutions in Hong Kong.

The discussions on Art and Community took place at various locations. The first was in April at Connecting Spaces, Hong Kong. Discussions regarding various understandings of Art and Community involvement and the diversity of notions of art will take place throughout 2014.

NCN was invited by Foa–Flux, a research venture based in Zurich. Since 2008, Foa–Flux has run 40 projects, with 60 partners and with more than 800 people being directly involved.

The exhibition in Zurich will be a display of the documentation of the previous discussion rounds.Unfortunately, no one from Newcastle will be travelling to Zurich for the upcoming exhibition.

Late October will see artists from different regions in Africa co-produce an interdisciplinary performance, exhibit their work and exchange know-how on collaborations in Newcastle, South Africa. The performance, exhibition and discussion round will be open to the public.

This campaign will run during the annual festival held at Madadeni, Section 4. This will bring about discussions for further collaborative projects involving local creativeness. At this year’s festival, NCN has invited various artists from South Africa. Well-known international South African artist, Candice Breitz, has also submitted some of her pieces for exhibition. The festival is an excellent initiative to inspire people through art works and their unique messages.

Residents are invited to visit the festival and submit their details and work to Newcastle Creative Network for consideration in the planning of future projects.

For more information, join our Facebook group Newcastle Creative Social Network.

Nicole Collett

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