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Watch the talk: Can art connect us to places and bring communities together?

Artist Morag Myerscough speaks about community engagement through art for Festival of Place Bytesize in association with U+I Think

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Belonging bandstand by Morag Myerscough
Belonging bandstand by Morag Myerscough

The Developer hosted an online Festival of Place Bytesize event in association with U+I Think with artist Morag Myerscough on how art can foster a sense of belonging, community and identity. The event took place on 4 June from 10:30-12pm via Zoom.

 

As we hang rainbows in our windows and murals pop up thanking the NHS, Myerscough speaks about how her work strives to create a sense of belonging, and her belief that anyone can be an artist. Myerscough’s installations and immersive spatial artworks use the power of art to draw people together on sometimes unloved sites.

 

 

 

 

Her work is firmly rooted in a very personal experience of belonging and never fails to charm, entice and encourage people to feel differently about their experience of where they are. Each project generates, for her, a very local response, which she uses to create community and build connections. From Mexico City and Stockholm to Freemantle and Deptford, her joyful site-specific and often temporary installations connect their visitors to a new sense of their location.

 

Myerscough is joined by Martyn Evans, Creative Director at U+I and Christine Murray, Editor-in-chief of The Developer. Myerscough’s work has been at the centre of many U+I developments and has been an integral part of three Stirling Prize nominated projects, one of which was the winner in 2015.

 

The format is a 30-minute talk followed by an audience Q&A and an online networking session.

 

Bytesize offers a free taste of the major annual event, Festival of Place, now scheduled for 13 November, 2020.

 

The event is free, but The Developer welcomes support on Patreon.com/thedeveloperuk Patrons to The Developer gain early access to tickets and other opportunities.

 

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