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Exhibition 16 May–17 August 2024
Process: WORK, May 16–August 17, 2024. Image courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation.
Title WORK Dates 16 May–17 August 2024 Location Gallery

Do you like work? How do you like to work? Returning to our arts laboratory after the December break, our team of arts workers started to think about an exhibition that would be formed from our personal inquiries into the work that we do; the work that we would like to do; the way that artworks and art practices influence our work. The exhibition might provide a space to wonder about teamwork, work done, consolidation and reflection. We titled this project WORK.

As arts workers, we place our skills at the disposal of professional artists, interdisciplinary practitioners, and the public. Essentially, we’re service workers in the arts. While our jobs are to facilitate creativity, our work appears largely administrative and productive. We do this work because we believe that art does work and that this work is for the social good. Outside of our professional jobs, some of us practice as artists or writers or readers, among other pursuits. We remain uncertain to what extent creative ways of working – with the artist’s studio in mind as the exemplar of a place for serious play1 – influence our ways of working. This is one of the things we will be investigating during WORK.

WORK is organised by A4’s team. Our Gallery becomes a communal studio where we will intermittently station ourselves for work among artworks and prompts and invited practitioners. You’re welcome to come and work with us and think about what work means for you.

1 “…[T]he way they create art, halfway between idleness and action” Christine Mace proposed of artists when introducing the Pavilion of Artists and Books at the Venice Biennale 2017. “The word otium, and its Greek predecessor scholé, originally understood as a privileged moment, is nowadays improperly translated as idleness of pejorative connotation, or leisure, which is not far removed from entertainment. The word otium, in contrast with the business world, or negotium…implies a space for free time, for inactivity and availability, a space of productive idleness and mind work, of quietness and action, a space where the work of art comes to be” (Christine Macel, Vive Arte Vive Biennale 2017 Short Guide, p. 39).