Why We Left the Village and Came Back
Shrewsbury, Shropshire (UK)
November 2006

A two months exhibition and events programme that looks at the rural environment as a space for contemporary art practice in Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

In collaboration with Shrewsbury Museum and Gallery and mediamaker project.

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Kathrin Böhm
Wapke Feenstra
Adrian Plant
Antje Schiffers

mediamaker
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The two months programme explores the rural environment as a place for art production, a new socio-cultural place and a space for critical reflection. The project is devised by the artist collective myvillages.org on invitation by Shrewsbury Museum and Gallery, with the aim to explore curatorial strategies for the rural space.

LAUNCH


Thursday 23rd November, 7.00 pm Old Market Hall
The artists Kathrin Böhm and Wapke Feenstra from myvillages.org will introduce their organisation and Bibliobox. Together with Adrian Plant they will be discussing the idea behind Why we left the village and came back and its intentions for Shrewsbury. A compilation of artist projects and films from the Bibliobox will be shown and tasters from Kathrin’s and Wapke’s home villages will be offered.

EXHIBITION AND DISPLAYS


17 Nov 06 – 20 Jan 07, Shrewsbury Museum, Belmont Arts Centre, Music Hall Gallery and Old Market Hall
Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers show work from their ourvillages projects.

BIBLIOBOX TOUR SHROPSHIRE


The Bibliobox was set up at Belmont Arts Centre - to be browsed there, used as a starting point for workshops and to be taken to other places and spaces in Shropshire.

PUBLIC FILM PROGRAMME


A 4 hour programme of films from the Bibliobox was shown daily at the Market Hall Cinema.

THE SYMPOSIUM


Rural Art Space: Innovative art practices in the rural environment
Wednesday 17th January at the The Old Market Hall and
The Music Hall; registered guests and pre-booked ticket holders only
The Symposium is open to art practitioners, curators, students, arts administrators and decision-makers in the region. It will start by looking at current culture-led rural regeneration initiatives and will examine critically the role of the arts within them. The afternoon will feature a series of workshops focusing on case studies and exploring various specific issues around the curation and production of art in the rural environment.