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Groundwerk 9.3: Curating in the Time of COVID-19

SAT 23 JAN 2021, 11am-12:30pm




Listen to the audio recording of this session below

After nearly a year living with Covid-19 and the associated restrictions, exhibition making has become an even more complex proposition. What is needed, what is possible, what is safe?

Artist Barry Sykes leads a workshop informed by his recent work teaching a course at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham where art students curated six public, outdoor, covid-safe exhibitions over the winter term of 2020. This workshop will involve a presentation of Barry’s findings, a group discussion of what we all feel might be valuable and necessary for presenting art right now, and an exercise where we will each design a hypothetical exhibition that makes the very most of the current situation.

This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is necessary, as spaces are limited. For this online session, we will be using video calling platform Zoom. It is possible to take part with or without setting up an account, and we will send instructions for joining ahead of the day.

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This workshop is supported by Arts Council England.


Barry Sykes (born 1976) is an artist based in Walthamstow, North East London. His varied sculpture and performance practice looks at awkward and absurd behaviour, and the ways we try to socially connect and disconnect. He is currently working on projects involving Naturism, Shielding, Laughter Yoga and quantifying absence or nothingness.

Recent projects have been developed for The Museum of London; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Art Night, London and The Holden Gallery, Manchester. He is the founder member of the Sauna Reading Group.

Instagram: @barrysykes

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