NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Public Arts Programme
Programme ID: PAP064382
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Floating Utopias explores the long history of inflatable objects, their social functions and their influences on the world we live in today. The exhibition questions the use of inflatable objects for artistic and political practices.
Inflatable objects to this day serve as tools for aesthetic and political interventions: artists and activists situate their works between surreality and functionality, fact and fiction. Inflatables invite us to be playful and disobedient, they forge communities and prompt participation, generate attention and agency.
The exhibition brings together over 40 artworks both historical and contemporary, introducing the work and style of more than 15 artists including Ant Farm, Artúr van Balen, Theo Botschuijver, Eventstructure Research Group, Anna Hoetjes, Luke Jerram, Franco Mazzucchelli, Ahmet Öǧüt, Marco Barotti, Tomás Saraceno, Anika Schwarzlose, Graham Stevens, The Yes Men, Tools for Action, Huw Wal and UFO. Guests can also look forward to 8 gigantic inflatable works in the exhibition.
Join our Museum Ambassador-led tour as we witness how artists use inflatables to examine contemporary social problems and to radically play with form and space. The tour will travel from gallery to gallery, bubble to bubble, stopping at key works to introduce and discuss key themes, time periods and artists.
This hands-on workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about identifying an issue or a cause that they are passionate about. There will be interactive discussions on children role models who are standing up and speaking up on important issues such as climate change.
Using recycled materials and simple tools, students will create an inflatable sculpture and stage a peaceful march around the Museum to create an awareness and spread their message.
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$8 for exhibition + workshop
$8 for exhibition + tour
$5 for workshop only