An afternoon of debate about the role of the artist in contemporary society and the ongoing relevance of the Artist Placement Group, founded in the 1960s by artist Barbara Steveni.
Participants are invited to share their own thoughts and practice.
The Incidental Unit (IU) was formed in 2016 following a series of ‘incidental meetings’. The aim of these meetings was to informally share information about the Artist Placement Group (APG) (1966-89), as well as its successor O+I (Organisation and Imagination) (1989-2009). Founded by artist Barbara Steveni in London in the 1960s, the APG sought to reposition the role of the artist in society. For the APG, the artist was no longer restricted to or defined by the burgeoning culture industry nor conceptual modes of art practice. Rather, the artist could be put to work in what was called ‘industry’ in the UK of the 1960s. By way of the APG, artists were placed into governmental and commercial sectors. The IU seeks to reignite and enrich debates around the role of the artist in contemporary society and, more specifically, around current modes of socially engaged practice in the UK.
This event is part of the Incidental Unit touring programme: Incidental Futures (IF) is the first public programme organised by IU and will explore the ongoing relevance of APG’s ways of working by hosting six public meetings led by artists at public institutions in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.