|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Creators:||Kane, Alan and Deller, Jeremy|
I was commissioned, together with Jeremy Deller, to produce a work for the new Head Quarters of the Home Office by the Government Art Collection. Rather than produce a ‘conventional’ artwork by two recognized artists we initiated a permanent collection of art from their ‘clients’ - the prisoners and patients of secure hospitals in the UK. Here, a number of works that we selected were purchased, professionally prepared for exhibition and hung throughout the building at key communal locations such as meeting rooms and lobbies.
Our intention for this work was to make a direct human connection - through art - between people at both ends of the penal system. We saw our ‘curatorial artwork’ as employing the prisoners in a social ‘sculpture’ empowering them though the purchase of their paintings and sculpture for a national, public collection and by placing it at the heart of one of the most powerful office environments in the country. When seen as artists, rather than prisoners, in the care of the Government, they are implicitly, and psychologically placed nearer to the top of the system they inhabit.
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|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
|Date:||24 January 2006|
|Funders:||Koestler Awards Scheme|
|Related Exhibitions:||‘Lemon and Milk’, Tortworth visitors centre, HMP Leyhill, October 2003, ‘Insider Art’, ICA, London, July 2007|
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|Date Deposited:||03 Dec 2009 23:34|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2010 12:44|
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