Event Announcement | DACS Presents Imagining a New Art World: with Harold Offeh, Tai Shani, Sally Shaw and Gilane Tawadros

    Join us for our latest DACS Presents event and the first of 2021: Imagining a New Art World. 

    Wednesday 28 April 2021, 5-6pm
    Online talk followed by Q&A
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    Museums and galleries are preparing to open their doors after months of closure during lockdown. How will the spaces into which audiences return be altered by the challenges of the past year?

    During the pandemic, art has continued to be a source of inspiration and means to connect with those around us. Imagining a new art world brings together powerful voices from across the visual arts who have refused to stand still in the face of crisis and believe in the inspirational and visionary role of artists in society.

    Sally Shaw MBE is Director of Firstsite Gallery and the driving force behind the ground-breaking projects Art is Where the Home Is and The Great Big Art Exhibition, which invited the public to create and share artworks at home, displayed in their window or garden during lockdown.

    These initiatives have brought people together and created a sense of community through the making of artwork, at a time when the pandemic has threatened the artworld ecology and the livelihoods of many.

    As Chief Executive at DACS, Gilane Tawadros believes passionately in the rights of artists to be fairly paid and that their valuable contribution should be recognised. The pandemic has left many artists financially vulnerable and struggling to sustain their practice. In response to these challenges, DACS has launched the Manifesto for Artists in consultation with thousands of artists, to propose a bold vision of how artists can flourish in the wake of the pandemic and continue to contribute socially, culturally and economically in the wake of Covid-19.

    Sally and Gilane will be joined in conversation by artists Harold Offeh and Tai Shani, who both contributed to these innovative projects.

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    You can support our lobbying activity as outlined in the Manifesto for Artists by making a donation, of any size, when purchasing your ticket for Imagining a New Art World.

    Read more about the Manifesto for Artists here.

    Support our work: Manifesto for Artists merchandise, available here.


    About DACS Presents

    Artists frame and represent the world in ways that disrupt our assumptions and inspire new perspectives. This is something DACS wants to celebrate.

    Through our public programme of talks and events, we bring people together to hear from important artistic voices. Previous speakers include artists Ryan Gander, Liliane Lijn, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Duggie Fields and Anthea Hamilton.

    Image: Artwork depicting animals, created by Louie is displayed in the window of a house in Acton, London. Photo by David Parry PA Wire

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