Artists Walker and Bromwich (Glasgow) have been producing public projects looking at alternative social structures through sculpture, pageantry, and performance for the past two decades. Their works are visually arresting, optimistic and political and often provide a setting for events allowing discussion around issues raised through the project. This exhibition is the first showing in a gallery setting of two of their major projects: The Art Lending Library and The Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership. Both works explore themes of public and private ownership and suggest utopian social models, and include multiple forms of participation for the audience.
The Art Lending Library is a mobile structure that houses over 50 art works that are available for loan to visitors. The works are by a diverse range of artists working across the broad spectrum of contemporary visual arts practice. One of the pieces that can be delivered to your home [and collected at the end of the loan period] is Jo Cope's latest 'Circle Shoes'.
The Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership (2017) presents a huge inflatable dragon with the words profit and private ownership written on it’s side and inspired by Trade Union banners of the nineteen-twenties. Alongside The Dragon is the film documenting the project and bringing to life the aspirations and achievements of the post war trade Unions within the context of today’s society. The project finale is a satirical pageant that questions dominant mythologies and defies the beast of capitalism.