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John Hansard Gallery and Tate Exchange present: Department for Doing Nothing

23 January 2017

John Hansard Gallery and partner organisations across Southampton come together on 6 & 7 February 2017 to deliver an ambitious, two day project that will benefit young people from the city, giving them an opportunity to re-engage with learning and take part in workshops at one of Britain’s most famous gallery spaces.
Tate Exchange is an ambitious ‘open experiment’, which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us. Named The Department for Doing Nothing, the project is inspired by the Mass Observation Archive Report on Juvenile Delinquency (Willcock, 1949) and Tate’s Collection displays including Artist and Society, join board members and staff of the Department for Doing Nothing in its new premises at Tate Exchange to:
"Think about doing nothing
Produce nothing
Investigate nothing
Participate in nothing"
The two day event aims to creatively explore issues of youth crime from the perspective of young people, teachers, youth offending service workers and artists, and is programmed by John Hansard Gallery, in partnership with ArtsworkSouthampton Youth Offending Service, Compass School and In-Focus Training Ltd.
The workshop runs on Monday 6 February and Tuesday 7 February from 12pm-4pm. Entry is free, and all are welcome to attend!
Please use the hashtag #DfDN if you are tweeting about it, as well as @tateexchange@jhansardgalleryDept 4 Doing Nothing and @in_focuset to help spread the word!

The event is programmed by John Hansard Gallery, a Tate Exchange Associate.

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