The Cass, London Metropolitan University announces ARTS EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTRE, an innovative immersive exhibition in The Cass Bank Gallery curated by Bob and Roberta Smith. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Arts Emergency, a new charity helping low income teenagers get into university and Art School.
Arts Emergency Response Centre confronts the critical challenges facing education, the arts, and those young people hoping to study them. It brings together diverse artists, students and organisations with the crucial common interest: to defend the arts and make a difference to individuals.
The exhibition will directly confront issues such as funding, privilege and class, and aims to ensure that the arts are seen as an important election issue.
Visitors to the Arts Emergency Response Centre will first enter a ‘hospital ward’, created by Arts Emergency. Here they will be seen by an ‘Arts Emergency Pharmacist’ (with the occasional celebrity appearing throughout the show) and pick up a prescription for something to make, see or do. They will also be able to claim an ‘Arts Emergency Kit’ should they need one. Visitors then pass on into the Arts Emergency ‘waiting room’, and view works that consider the value of art in today’s society.
Treatment will be administered in the form of knowledge and advice. At a series of clinics situated throughout the gallery space - representing The Art Party, Q Art, The National Association of Educators in Art and Design (NSEAD), Craftivist Collective, Bow Arts, Deptford X, The Cultural Learning Alliance and the Artists Union - patients will be informed about the work of such organisations which advocate the arts.
The exhibition will run over three weeks, with each week targeting a specific theme.