Book cover, Arts for Change by Beverly Naidus

Marked Urgent: Teaching & Making Art for Social Change

18 October

Wednesday 18 October, 6:30 – 8:00pm.

We are delighted to welcome American artist, author and academic Beverly Naidus to ONCA as part of her UK tour in October. Beverly will show slides and discuss the trajectory of her socially engaged art work and pedagogy over the past four decades. Issues explored in her work include the environmental crisis, racial justice, assimilation, activism, nuclear nightmares, unemployment, body image and visions for the future. Her projects are playful, provocative, research-based and improvisational. Some of her work has been strongly influenced by permaculture design. More often than not, games or instructions invite visitors to participate in the work by sharing their own story and leaving it behind.

Naidus will also describe her innovative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching studio art with a socially engaged perspective that is described in her book, “ARTS FOR CHANGE: Teaching Outside the Frame” (New Village Press, 2009). Examples of work from her classes Eco-art, Body Image and Art, Cultural identity and Art, Labor, Globalization & Art, Art in a Time of War, Art and Global Justice & the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer, will be shared. She will encourage discussion about how artists and interdisciplinary arts education can become part of the resistance so needed today.

This event is free but donations are warmly welcomed.

On Friday October 20th we are delighted to host ‘We Almost Didn’t Make It’ – an evening workshop with Beverly, further exploring some of the themes in Marked Urgent. Space in this brilliant one-off workshop is limited, so book a ticket to guarantee your place.