The Baltic 'Space to Think': Tony Swain

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The Baltic ‘Space to Think’ Tony Swain

‘Space To Think’ is a series of adult workshops open to the public commissioned by the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art in Newcastle. These workshops, on Sunday afternoons, are open to anyone (16+) interested in art and / or philosophy. They are a relaxed, inclusive space to think together and don’t require any expert knowledge or experience to get involved.

The fifth workshop investigated the concept of representation in art using the work of Tony Swain.

When we call art representative, what do we mean?; That it copies, captures or communicates? And what exactly is being represented; the world as it is, or something else? How does art represent?; Why is so much art representative? Can absolutely anything be represented? What is the relationship between representation and abstraction and figuration in art? Is any art purely abstract or figurative? Is there a difference between something being expressed and represented?

In each of these workshops we explore the possibilities of making abstract ideas more concrete using the artworks in front of us. To help the group come to a richer understanding of the contested concepts and questions under discussion, participants are invited to share specific things that they observe in the artworks and from there we draw out insights accessible for (though rarely accepted by) everyone.

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