Taking over the East Wing - Courtauld Institute Biennial

by Cass Art

The East Wing Biennial is a student curated contemporary art exhibition in the corridors of the Courtauld Institute, open to the public on the last weekend of every month at Somerset House. It was at the Courtauld, an independent college at the University of London, where student Joshua Compton founded this platform for student works. The 1991 debut exhibition featured Gilbert and George and later on Howard Hodgkin and Damien Hirst setting the bar high for the prospective collections. 

This year's show, entitled 'INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship', seeks to challenge the viewer, their perspective and their place within the exhibition. As the name suggests, the artists ensure elements of participation within their works and performances. Skewing the visual and spatial environments of the audience and in doing so, emphasising the preconceived notions of the spectator's duty and the potential for developing this role.

This year, as in previous years, East Wing Biennial has consciously included young, emerging artists in the exhibition: Lilian Ptáček, Jenny Penelhum, Niamh Doherty, to name a few.  INTERACT is an opportunity to provide a space for young talented artists that does not otherwise exist.

Cass Art is proud to sponsor the East Wing Biennial in their consistent efforts for showcasing student creativity and in doing so is offering one lucky winner two tickets to the VIP private view on Friday 24th January. All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section below…

The 2014 East Wing Biennial exhibition is titled:

a) INTERFACE: Deconstructing Spectatorship

b) INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship

c) INTEREST: Deconstructing Spectatorship

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 23rd January 2014 and contacted by email. Do not worry if you're not the luck winner; the exhibition opens to the public on the following Open Days:

Sunday 23 February 2014 (10:00-17:00)
Sunday 30 March 2014 (10:00-17:00) 
Sunday 27 April 2014 (10:00-17:00) 

Head to the East Wing Biennial website and the artists' website for more details on the history and artists of the collection. Follow the collections on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with their latest news and events. 

Image credits

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City - Family Photo, 2012
Photo: Courtesy of Klein Sun Gallery, New York. © 2012 Liu Bolin
Katie Paterson, Vatnajökell (the sound of), 2007
Photo: Valentina De Zanche
Niamh Doherty, From Error, 2013
Photo: Niamh Doherty

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