Art Party: Special Screenings

Thursday 21 August

7pm, Auditorium

Dir. Tim Newton, Bob and Roberta Smith (2014), 80mins (12A) contains infrequent strong and moderate bad language.

If you are interested and concerned about the state of art and education in the UK then come along to this FREE screening and following Art Party.

This one off event is part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, of art and its place in education and modern politics.

In 2011, artist Patrick Brill (known creatively as Bob and Roberta Smith) made waves in the art world with Letter to Michael Gove, an oversized painted-word response to the former Education Secretary’s proposed eradication of art from the British school syllabus. In his feature film Art Party, Smith builds on his 2011 protest with a mix of performance, interviews and imagined scenes, en route to the 2013 Art Party Conference, where he and other speakers championed the importance of art and its place in the education system. Part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, Art Party ultimately asks “how do you tell one man he’s got it wrong?”

This unique and provocative film stars John Voce as Michael Grove MP and Julia Rayner as his parliamentary aid, featuring work and comment by artists as diverse as Cornelia Parker, John Smith, Haroon Mirza, Jeremy Deller and Jessica Voorsanger. With original  music by Flameproof Moth, the Ken ARdley Playboys and The Fucks.

Never mind the ballot box – step into the (photo) booth and become a party political parody. Party political popcorn in your chosen colour also available! firstsite’s after Art Party will include a specially designed Art Party Mocktail, blatant and belligerent badge-making and a few more art games to enjoy as you debate this special national screening.

Watch the trailer here (U)

Free, but booking essential. Popcorn, party food, mocktails and drinks included.

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